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10 Places Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register, December
2016

Historic sites affiliated with milling, mining and other commerce in southwest Virginia and the peanut economy in Suffolk, along with the first public lending-library in Amherst County, and the former headquarters of the Virginia Commission for the Blind are some of the places added to the Virginia Landmarks Register
in September 2016.

Month & Year Posted Site Name
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Location

September 2016

11 Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in September 2016
: Historic sites affiliated with milling, mining and other commerce in southwest Virginia and the peanut economy in Suffolk, along with the first public lending-library in Amherst County, and the former headquarters of the Virginia Commission for the Blind are some of the places added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in September 2016.
Counties of Accomack, Amherst, Botetourt (2), Essex, Frederick, Orange, and Wythe; and the cities of Hampton, Richmond, and Suffolk.


The “Childress Rock Churches”
:
Located in the
Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Carroll, and Patrick counties
are six rock churches constructed between 1919 and the early
1950s. The churches are associated with Presbyterian
minister Robert “Bob” W. Childress, Sr. and his remarkable
ministry. Slideshow features a tour of the churches that were listed in 2006 on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
Counties of Carroll, Floyd and Patrick.
Images

June 2016


14 Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in June 2016
:
A water tower in Manassas, a mill complex that operated into
the 1960s in Amherst County, tobacco warehouses in Richmond
affiliated with the mass marketing of cigarette brands, and
a military railroad at the heart of Fort Belvoir’s
development in Fairfax County are among the 14 historic
sites recently listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register
Counties of Amherst, Fairfax, Frederick, Goochland, Loudoun, Madison, Nelson, and Southampton; and the cities of Lexington, Manassas, Norfolk, and Richmond
Images
March 2016

Five Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in March 2016
:
The places include an archaeological site on the campus of the University of Virginia associated with a free African-American antebellum household, an early 19th-century crossroads tavern complex in Hanover County, and two consolidated schools and a public healthcare facility in western Virginia built during the 20th century.
Counties of Bath, Roanoke, Hanover; and the cities of Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Roanoke
Images
December 2015

11 Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register in
December 2015
:
Two places of recreation—a historic district centering on the iconic Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County and William Byrd Park in Richmond—as well as a nearby residential development and a neighborhood on the west side of the city park, and a rural historic district in Rappahannock County are among eleven historic sites added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.
Counties of Rockbridge, Rappahannock, city of Richmond and others.
Images
September 2015

Nine Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register in
September 2015
:
A 10,000-acre rural district in Warren County rooted in colonial history, an
estate in Nelson County associated with an international medical pioneer, a 1960s-era hospital
in Smyth County noted for its then-innovative design, and a former plantation in Loudoun
County affiliated with a Depression-era cut-flower enterprise are among the sites added
to the VLR by DHR in September.
Counties of Page, Nelson, Warren, Smyth, Loudoun, Gloucester; and the cities of Bristol, Fredericksburg, Waynesboro, Richmond, Winchester
Images
June 2015

Six Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register in June 2015
:
A bus station in Petersburg connected with the Civil Rights Movement, an early 20th-century
railroad depot in Pittsylvania County, a state park that originated in federal conservation
efforts during the 1930s, and the site of a British fort in the Chesapeake Bay where
escaped slaves were trained as Colonial Marines during the War of 1812 are among
six sites recently added to the VLR June 2015.
Counties of Accomack, Chesterfield, Halifax,
Hanover, and Pittsylvania; and the cities of Chesapeake,
Colonial Heights, Danville, and Hopewell
Images
March 2015

Eight Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register
in March 2015
: The farm where legendary racehorse Secretariat was born,
a post-Civil War African American community in the northern Shenandoah Valley, two buildings
exemplifying Modernist architecture, and the oldest known commercial swimming pool in the
Commonwealth were among the historical sites added to the VLR in March 2015.
Counties of Albemarle, Caroline, Clarke,
Gloucester, Rockbridge, and cities of Newport News and Norfolk
Images
December 2014

10 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register
: Two summer youth camps in Bath County, one of which is the oldest known and still-operating
camp in Virginia; a cemetery established by an emerging community of formerly enslaved African Americans in
Harrisonburg; and a rare-surviving railroad depot in Tazewell County
were among the 10 listings added to
the VLR.
Counties of Amherst, Bath, Buckingham, James
City, Lee, Pittsylvania, Russell, and Tazewell and the City of
Harrisonburg
Images
September 2014
Seven Historic Sites Added to
the Virginia Landmarks Register
The first dormitory built at Virginia Tech, an early
Charlottesville suburb, a cut-flower greenhouse complex in Lynchburg, and a
modernist-style house of worship in Arlington County are among the seven new
listings added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Department
of Historic Resources in September 2014.
Counties of Arlington, Henrico, Loudoun, and
cities of Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Norfolk; also Virginia
Tech
Images
June 2014


Eight Places Added to the Virginia
Landmarks Regiister
:
A 19th-century railroad depot in Wythe County, a 1930s-era Art Deco-style
school that served the black community in Staunton and a historic district in
Franklin County dating back to the 1780s and the founding of Boones Mill are
among seven places recently approved for listing in the Virginia Landmarks
Register by DHR in June.
Counties of Botetourt, Franklin, Montgomery,
and Wythe, and cities of Lynchburg, Norfolk and Staunton
Images
March 2014

11 Places Added to the Virginia Landmarks Regiister
:
From Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay to caverns in the Shenandoah Valley,
11 sites approved for listing in the VLR in
March 2014
represent important threads in the tapestry of Virginia history from the colonial to the post-World War II eras.
Counties of Accomack, Fauquier, Frederick,
Gloucester, Rockingham, and Warren, and the cities of Danville,
Richmond, and Virginia Beach
Photos
December 2013

13 Historic Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register
:From the brick and stone storage cellars
of a 19th-century brewery along the James River near Richmond to
the horse and hunt country of rural northern Virginia, the commonwealth’s
history is captured in 13 sites recently listed in the VLR.
Counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Henrico, Loudoun, Mecklenburg, Rockbridge, and Shenandoah, and cities of Franklin (in Southampton Co.) and Richmond
Photo
September 2013

12 Historic Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register
:
From an iconic building once associated with a Confederate
soldiers’ home to modest structures built by African Americans in
mountain communities in western Virginia to the high-style mansions
of Virginia’s elite, the commonwealth’s post-Civil War and early
20th-century history is represented in 12 sites listed in the Virginia
Landmarks Register in September 2013.
Counties of Bath, Franklin, Highland, Loudoun, Nelson,
Powhatan, and the cities of Richmond and Roanoke
Photos
June 2013

Nine Historic Sites Added to
the Virginia Landmarks Register
:Virginia history from the Colonial
to the post-World War II eras
is represented in nine sites listed in June
in the Virginia Landmarks Register, the state’s official list of important
historic places.
Counties of Fairfax, Hanover, Orange, Prince Edward and Surry,
and the cities of Norfolk, Roanoke and Winchester.
Photo
March 2013

13 Historic
Sites Added to VLR
:
Among the 13 historic sites approved are a farm that served as a refuge to Jews escaping
Nazi Germany, an estate that is home today to a unique educational music center,
and historic districts at the heart of five towns scattered from
Tidewater
to the
Cumberland Gap Turnpike
in southwest Virginia.
Multiple counties and cities.
Photo
December 2012

16 Historic Sites Added to VLR
:
Among the 16 historic sites approved
for listing
in the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) by
DHR are three buildings at the University of Richmond,
a house and mill complex in Shenandoah Co.,
a train depot in Alexandria,
and schools and a Farmville church that figured in civil
rights efforts
to desegregate public education in Virginia.
Multiple counties and cities.
Photo
September 2012

Nine Sites Added to VLR
:
Among the nine historic sites approved
for listing
in the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) by
DHR are the building where
Geo. Washington’s brother-in-law
operated a
store in Fredericksburg, a a historic district that arose around a ferry, mill,
and tavern on the Staunton River
in Halifax County, and a former
railroad
freight station in Roanoke that now serves as a museum.
Multiple counties and cities
Photo
June 2012

19 Historic Sites Added to VLR
:
Historic resources recently added to the VLR include a Shenandoah Valley farmhouse
where painter “Grandma” Moses lived, a nearly forgotten Civil War-era cemetery
established for blacks in Alexandria, and a log-built boat that
reflects a once common construction technique for the large craft used by watermen on
the Chesapeake Bay.
Multiple counties and cities
Photo
May 2012

The Anne Spencer Garden
:
Poet Anne Spencer was associated with
the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.
The cottage garden she and her husband created behind their Lynchburg home was a
special sanctuary for the Spencers.This slideshow commemorates
the Spencers, their garden, and its restoration
Lynchburg
Photo
March 2012

Pamplin Pipe Factory
:
Today this site is an archaeological preserve
containing the remains of several periods
of clay pipe manufacture. The factory
was established circa 1880,
although pipe-making
in the area likely traces back to mid-1700s.
Appomattox Co.
Photo
Dec. 2011
The U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk
was among

10 sites added to the
Virginia Landmarks Register

in December 2011.
Counties of Amherst, Arlington, Bland, Fauquier, and Prince George, and cities of
Hampton, Lynchburg, and Norfolk.
Photo
April 2011

The Richmond Ironclads
at Trent’s Reach, James River: The Confederate Navy’s Bold Gamble to Cut Off
the Union Army’s Supply Base at City Point, January 23-24, 1865
:
Civil War photographers typically used enormous glass plate negatives to capture an image.
Archaeologist Taft Kiser explores these images to create fresh views of historic photographs and illustrations
as he tells the story of a little-recalled battle between the Confederate and Union navies on the James River.
Henrico and Chesterfield Cos.
Photo

October 2011


Eight Sites Added to the
Virginia Landmarks Register
:
A 1911 fire station in Roanoke, an 1859 general store in Fairfax County,
and a historic district commemorating a little-known Civil War battle that spurred President
Abraham Lincoln to replace his top commanding general were among the sites added
in September 2011 to the VLR.
Counites of Amelia, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Rockingham,

and Shenandoah,
and the cities of Petersburg and Roanoke.


Photo

October 2011

Vale School – Community
House
: This
1884
schoolhouse recalls Fairfax County’s
rural history. In 1935, it began its
long association with the
Vale Home
Demonstration Club.
Today, it is still owned and operated by the community
members.
Fairfax Co.

June 2011

16 New Sites Added to the
Virginia Landmarks Register
:The 1766 Bryan McDonald House (Botetourt Co.)
and 15 other sites in Virginia were
approved for listing in the
Virginia Landmarks Register in June 2011.
Accomack, Amherst,
Arlington, Botetourt,
Clarke, Fauquier,
Frederick, Louisa, Mechlenburg,Rockingham, and Shenandoah counties,
and the cities of
Richmond, Roanoke, and Waynesboro.

Photo

May 2011

Rippon
Lodge
:
This
former plantation and the oldest existing
house in Prince William County
is now restored
and
open to the public.
Prince William Co.
Photo
March 2011

Crenshaw House &
The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia
:
Women’s National History Month Slideshow:
Predecessor to today’s League
of Women Voters,
the Equal Suffrage League was founded in
Richmond in 1909, in the Crenshaw House,
located
in the heart of the campus
of Virginia Commonwealth University, which now owns the house.
Richmond
Photo
March 2011

Gadsby’s Tavern & Ice Well
:
This legendary
tavern and inn was visited by
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
James Madison and other
American leaders. Here patrons could order iced refreshments and ice cream
(including oyster flavor!) year round.
City of Alexandria
Photo
February 2011

Longs Chapel
:
This African-American
Reconstruction-era chapel,
built after
the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley,
nearly vanished before restoration efforts
reclaimed it
just in a nick of time.
Rockingham Co.
Photo
January 2011
 Historic
Henry County Courthouse
:
See what one community has done
to preserve its historic Courthouse and
Courthouse Square.
Martinsville

Photo

December 2010

Old
Thomas James Store
:
This is one of the
oldest existing store buildings
in the American South listed in the
state &
national registers.
Mathews Co.
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October-November 2010

Fairfield
Archaeological Site
:
Learn about the amazing history of this
colonial-era plantation site.
Gloucester Co.
Scrabble School Photos
July-Sept 2010

Rosenwald Schools in Virginia
:
Learn about Virginia’s Rosenwald Schools
and efforts to identify and reclaim remaining buildings.
Shows schools in Louisa and
Rappahannock Cos., and
Martinsville
Flat Gap High School
June 2010

Flat Gap High School
:
This beautiful school was constructed of stone
in Southwest Virginia.
Wise Co.
Foster Falls Historic District
May 2010

Foster Falls Historic District
:
Located in New River Trail State Park,
Foster Falls is one
of southwest Virginia’s “ghost towns.”
Wythe Co.

Updated July 6, 2018