Department of Historic Resources
For Immediate Release
October 13, 2017

Randy Jones
Department of Historic Resources
540.578-3031 (cell)

12 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register

--New listings cover historic sites in the counties of Amherst, Halifax (3), Henry, Lancaster, Loudoun (Middleburg), Mecklenburg (South Hill), Surry (Town of Surry); and the cities of Harrisonburg, Richmond, and Virginia Beach--

—VLR listings will be forwarded for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places—

RICHMOND – Among the dozen new listings from around the commonwealth recently added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Department of Historic Resources, aspects of Southside Virginia’s history are relayed through five of the sites.

In Halifax County, two sites highlight Southside’s settlement and plantation history:

Southside’s economic prosperity in bright leaf tobacco production and furniture manufacturing during the first half of the 20th century is evoked by two notable houses:

A Mecklenburg County school building tells part of Southside’s Civil Rights history during the mid-20th century:

Elsewhere in the commonwealth, three historic districts—in Virginia Beach, the Town of Surry in Surry County, and Harrisonburg—were added to the VLR during the September quarterly meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board.

Other sites approved for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register last month include the following:

In addition to those new VLR sites, the DHR boards approved boundary increases for the previously listed Warm Springs Bath Houses in Bath County, the Thoroughgood House in Virginia Beach, and the Clifton Forge Historic District:

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will forward the documentation for the 12 newly-listed VLR sites to the National Park Service for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Updated nominations and boundary increases will also be forwarded to the NPS.

Listing a property in the state or national registers is honorific and sets no restrictions on what a property owner may do with his or her property. The designation is, first and foremost, an invitation to learn about and experience authentic and significant places in Virginia’s history.

Complete nomination forms and photographs for each of these sites can be accessed on the DHR website at These newly-listed VLRs will be forwarded to the National Park Service for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Virginia is a national leader among states in listing historic sites and districts in the National Register of Historic Places. The state is also a national leader for the number of federal tax credit rehabilitation projects proposed and completed each year.

Together the register and tax credit rehabilitation programs play significant roles in promoting the preservation of the Commonwealth’s historic places and in spurring economic revitalization and tourism in many towns and communities.

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