Virginia Department of Historic Resources
For Immediate Release
December 19, 2023
Department of Historic Resources
Marketing & Communications Manager
—New listings are in the cities of Alexandria, Petersburg, Roanoke, Salem, and Virginia Beach; in the counties of Albemarle, Appomattox, Augusta, and Montgomery; and in the town of Pennington Gap—
RICHMOND – Among the 11 places recently listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register are a public library that was the site of a 1960 sit-in led by the Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker, a renowned leader of the Civil Rights Movement; a cemetery for some of the earliest German immigrant settlers in Virginia; and one of American railroad history’s most striking steam locomotives that transported passengers in the 1950s.
The Commonwealth’s Board of Historic Resources approved the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) listings during its quarterly public meeting on December 14, 2023, in Richmond, Virginia. The VLR is the commonwealth’s official list of places of historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural significance.
At the conclusion of its meeting, the Board approved the following places for listing in the VLR:
In the state’s Eastern Region,
In Virginia’s Northern Region,
In the state’s Western Region,
DHR will forward the documentation for these newly listed VLR sites to the National Park Service for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Listing a property in the state or national registers is honorary and sets no restrictions on what owners may do with their property. The designation is foremost an invitation to learn about and experience authentic and significant places in Virginia’s history. Designating a property to the state or national registers—either individually or as a contributing building in a historic district—provides an owner the opportunity to pursue historic rehabilitation tax credit improvements to the building. Tax credit projects must comply with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.