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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

DHR Outreach to Southwest Virginia: October 2 – 4

Map of Southwest VirginiaDHR staff will present programs that support the preservation and recognition of Southwest Virginia’s history and historic resources between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4 in the Towns of Marion (Smyth Co.) Appalachia (Wise Co.), and the City of Bristol:

Residents, property owners, and citizens interested in preserving historic buildings, places, and archaeological sites in Southwest Virginia are encouraged to attend these information sessions during early October in the towns of Marion and Appalachia and the City of Bristol at which staff of the Department of Historic Resources will discuss various programs including the Virginia Landmarks Register, the National Register of Historic Places, state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, and archaeology in the region, among other topics.

The sessions, which are open to the public and require no pre-registration, are scheduled for October 2 in Appalachia in Wise County, October 3 in Marion (at the Lincoln Theater) in Smyth County, and October 4 in Bristol. The venues and times for the sessions will be announced at a later date along with detailed agendas. The Marion event will also include representatives of Preservation Virginia.

Staff of DHR will discuss programs that offer technical assistance and incentives that assist in recognizing, restoring, and preserving historic buildings and sites. Among the topics DHR staff will discuss will be:

  • The process and criteria for listing a historic property on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The state’s historical marker program including the criteria for highlighting a person, place or event on a state historical marker and the process of applying for a marker.
  • Archaeology in Southwest Virginia and programs for the stewardship or investigation of archaeological sites, especially those currently threatened.
  • An overview of Virginia’s preservation easement program and the process of donating an easement in order to preserve a historic property in perpetuity.
  • An overview of the state and federal rehabilitation tax credit program and qualifications and process of how to apply for tax credits for projects to rehabilitate or repurpose properties listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places.

All three sessions are free and open to the public. For more information about these events, contact DHR’s Randy Jones at or 540-578-3031 or contact Mike Pulice at or 540-387-5443.  Check back for updates on these events.  See this flyer.

Updated August 17, 2018