The Virginia Department of Historic Resources
is the State Historic
Our mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of
Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.
Eleven Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in
Two places of recreation—a historic district centering on the iconic Natural Bridge in
Rockbridge Co. and William Byrd Park in Richmond, as well as a nearby residential
and a neighborhood on the west side of the city park, and a rural historic district in Rappahannock
Co. are among eleven historic sites added to the VLR earlier this month.
slideshow of the places.
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Recent News and Announcements
DHR is now soliciting applications for our Survey and Planning Cost Share Program:
Cost Share projects are funded through a partnership between DHR
and a local government and/or regional planning district commission (PDC). Eligible projects
encompass a broad range of survey and planning activities and protection of historic resources
through identification, documentation, evaluation, and preservation planning activities
consistent with the responsible stewardship of historic resources.
information about the program, contact
Carey Jones. Or download a PDF of
the application, or visit the
Survey and Planning
section of this website.
Rehabilitation Tax Credit Regulations: Amendments and clarification of the existing program regulations
takes effect February 10, 2016. These changes are necessary to
Additionally, the amendments will revise the existing fee structure to more accurately reflect the time and professional expertise necessary for DHR’s review of projects.
Changes to the regulations will be final on February 10, 2016 and all submissions to the Department must be in compliance with the regulations as of that date.
For more information about these changes and to download copies
of the revised applications and other important documents,
please visit our
Tax Credit Forms web page.
- Enhance the ease of use for program applicants;
- More clearly set out the application requirements and standards of review for both applicants and DHR
- Establish stricter reporting requirements to ensure the integrity of financial data.
Public Notice of Intent to Relocate
Internments, Henrico County:
DHR has received a
Application for the Archaeological Excavation of Human Remains
that pertains to a grave
located within a 12.84-acre parcel located at/near 11653 New Wade Lane, Glen Allen, VA.
For more information, please read this
Comments pertaining to this request must be received by the close of business on
February 6, 2016. For more information, contact DHR archaeologist
Joanna Wilson Green (804) 482-6098.
For more information about the process of obtaining a permit to allow the archaeological
excavation of human remains, see this
for Public Comment, Hurricane
Sandy Disaster Assistance Grant Program:
DHR is accepting public comment on projects funded by the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant Program for Historic Resources.
DHR administers the grant in Virginia via partnership with the National Park Service. The invitation
for public comment includes
projects to survey archaeological and architectural historic
resources in the following counties: Accomack, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northampton, Northumberland;
and the following towns: Colonial Beach, Saxis, and Surry. Further information on these surveys can be found in DHR’s November
press release. If you have questions or concerns regarding these projects, please contact
Jim Hare, Director, Survey and Register Division.
As Virginia’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO),
DHR is mandated to periodically
develop and publish a Statewide Comprehensive Preservation Plan
by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended).
Accordingly, we are
pleased to present our new plan, "Today's Treasure--Tomorrow's
Trust, Virginia's Comprehensive Preservation Plan,
As a truly statewide and comprehensive historic
preservation plan, this document is intentionally far-reaching
and intended both to inspire and to represent the work of the
diverse stakeholders who benefit and who shape the future of
Virginia’s historic landscape. The goals, objectives, and
suggested strategies outlined in the plan target DHR's next
six-year planning cycle, 2016 through 2021.
Virginia Indians at Werowocomoco
(NPS Handbook): 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 or online
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.
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2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221
Phone: (804) 482-6446 or (804) 367-2323