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Past News and Annoucements

See below for Archive of Press Releases.

Historic Surry Disaster Mitigation Plan: Draft plan awaits public comments.
While this publication focuses on the Town of Surry, it has information that will benefit people—especially caretakers of historic property—in communities across Virginia beyond the Tidewater and Eastern Shore. The Historic Surry Disaster Mitigation Plan provides residents guidelines on preparing for, and recovering from a natural or man-made disaster, specifically with regards to the treatment of historic properties. The attractive, 30-page plan, created in 2016 and now available for public comment, is the result of a grant administered by DHR from the the NPS's Historic Preservation Fund–Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant.

FYI, see these helpful checklists (from the full plan) for preparation and recovery from disasters.  

Questions or comments? Please contact Blake McDonald at DHR.

Turner Ashby Monument, Harrisonburg
Report of the Monuments Work Group (2016): "Recommendations for Community Engagement Regarding Confederate Monuments": These recommendations were made by a work group appointed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe. The group was asked to pull together resources and best practices to help willing localities foster a constructive dialogue about their monuments. This report is the product of that effort. 



Powhatan in his longhouse at Werowocomoco.
Panelists discuss Werowocomoco during a Virginia Historical Society (now the Virginia Museum of History and Culture) Banner Lecture in this video. They speak about the archaeology, prehistory and history of Werowocomco and the site's "rediscovery," as well as its significance to Virginia Indians today. An American Indian village, Werowocomoco is where chief Powhatan, his daughter Pocahontas, and Capt. John Smith first crossed paths when Smith was brought there as a prisoner. The village emerged at least 400 years before the English settled at Jamestown. It was identified by archaeologists nearly 400 years after Powhatan deserted the village in 1609. (A Banner Lecture presentation co-sponsored by DHR.)

Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial Era to 1940: This online publication is designed to help professionals, students, and readers of all walks identify and document the numerous types and styles of historic buildings in the Commonwealth. The guide opens with an overview of Virginia's architectural heritage within the context of larger historic trends. It covers Virginia from its colonial-era settlement through to the economic, technological and cultural innovations of the early 20th century.
   The majority of the publication consists of "Style and Form" sheets offering basic information about character-defining features of the many historic architectural styles that have shaped Virginia's public and private spaces across more than 300 years. Because architecture is a visual medium, Classic Commonwealth relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles. DHR hopes that Classic Commonwealth will guide and enrich your understanding and appreciation of Virginia's historic architecture. Additionally, this guide complements the New Dominion Virginia Style Guide, which covers the 1940s through the late 20th century.

How to Research Your Historic Property: Want to learn more about your property? This guide will give show you ways to do so. With introductions to useful sources, the publication is made for owners of old Virginia houses, commercial buildings, mills, and farmsteads, as well as historians of churches, schools, and businesses.

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