The Virginia Department of Historic Resources
is the State Historic
DHR fosters, encourages, and supports the stewardship and use of Virginia’s significant architectural, archaeological, and historic resources as valuable assets for the economic, educational, social, and cultural benefit of citizens and communities.
11 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register
The commonwealth’s 20th-century history in the areas of suburban planning and growth, African American history and civil rights, and in public education, among other themes, are highlighted in
the eleven historic sites added to VLR in December.
- New VLR listings in counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Fairfax, Hanover, Henrico, and Stafford; and the cities of
Alexandria, Charlottesville, and Richmond.
- Also, updated and expanded boundaries for previously-listed sites
in Harrisonburg, Hopewell, and Richmond.
press release (PDF)
with photos and descriptions of the properterties and historic districts. See this
for individual nomination forms and photographs of
Sites added to the VLR in
December, clockwise from top right: (1)
Lee Medical Building, Richmnod, (2) Gilliam-Irving Farm,
Appomattox Co. (3) Bradley Foundry, Harrisonburg; and
(4) El Bethel Methodist Church, Amherst Co.
Recent News and Announcements
12 New State Historical Highway Markers Approved in
Among a dozen new historical markers approved for Virginia’s roadways will be one about a stock car racer whose career took him from hauling moonshine in the Blue Ridge Mountains to becoming a NASCAR hall of famer; a sign denoting a circa-1800 stone milepost on a road to Lynchburg; two to highlight World War II-era ordnance production in the New River Valley; and signs for two African American churches in Northern Virginia.
, which includes the text of each new marker.
DHR has issued its mandated biennial report on the
and Status of State-Owned Properties 2017-2019 (PDF).
The 2017 report “attempts to balance the duty and benefits regarding stewardship with the challenging realities facing agencies which own historic real estate,” writes DHR Director Julie V. Langan. For the first time, the report addresses threats to state-owned historic resources resulting from sea levels that are projected to continue rising. The report offers recommendations for stewardship of state-owned historic properties for the 2017-2019 biennium.
2016, DHR celebrated the 50th anniversary
agency as well as the
National Historic Preservation Act
and Virginia Open-Space Land Act.
To commemorate the anniversary, we published a special
Commemorative Issue of
Notes on Virginia, No.54 (PDF)
now available online as a 74-page PDF. We still have hard copies of
the magazine available. (To order, please send your request to the
attention of Jennifer Pullen, DHR, 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond,
VA 23221. Please enclose a check for $3 to cover postage of the
magazine.) Some past issues of
Notes on Virginia
are also available online.
Virginia Indians at Werowocomoco
: An established Native
American settlement as early as 1200 CE,
Werowocomoco—located in Gloucester County, along the
York River—was a secular and sacred seat of power of the Algonquian people in present-day
Virginia, whom the English would call
the “Powhatan.” The site was rediscovered in 2003. Only about 1
percent of the 58-acre site has been investigated; however, based
on archaeological research conducted so far, it appears to be an
unprecedented archaeological find for the eastern coastal region
of the nation, and its significance to Virginia Indians today and
our shared history is without parallel. Generously illustrated and
informed by recent scholarship, this latest addition to the National
Park Service Handbook series is an engaging and concise history of
the site, its rediscovery, and what recent archaeology tells us about Werowocomoco.
Order the book from the
University of Virginia Press
retailers such as Amazon. Priced at $12.95, consisting of 148
pages with more than 100 color images, photographs, and maps,
this book is intended for a general reader interested in Native
American and Virginia history.