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.
10 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register
Two summer youth camps in Bath County, one of which is the oldest known and still-operating
camp in Virginia; a cemetery established by an emerging community of formerly enslaved African Americans in
Harrisonburg; and a rare-surviving railroad depot in Tazewell County are among the 10 new listings added to
the VLR by DHR in December 2014.
slideshow of the places.
(See more slideshows
Recent News and Announcements
Southwest Virginia Civil War Battlefields Preservation Workshop:
DHR is sponsoring a Southwest Virginia Civil War battlefields’ “friends raising” workshop at the
Museum of the Middle Appalachians in Saltville, on
Saturday, February 28, from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Titled “Southwest Virginia’s Civil War Battlefields and Sites — A Preservation Opportunity, A Preservation Challenge,” the workshop will explore the vital role that not-for-profit preservation organizations and regional cooperation can play in the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of Southwest Virginia’s Civil War battlefields and sites.
Registration is $20 and includes all workshop sessions, refreshments, lunch, admission
to the Museum and a guided tour to the Saltville Civil War Battlefield Overlook.
Deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 24.
You can register by completing this
registration form and mailing it to the Museum of the Middle Applachians, P.O. Box 910, Saltville, VA 24370. You can also contact our workshop facilitator
Glenn Stach with questions. To learn more about the workshop, view this
Application for Archaeological Excavation of Human Remains: DHR’s application for a permit to allow archaeological excavation of human remains is now revised. If you work or excavate on private or public property in Virginia and encounter graves or human remains, please contact your local sheriff’s department immediately. Should you wish to pursue a permit to allow archaeological excavation of human remains, please contact us with questions or to begin the application process (Joanna Wilson Green, 804-482-6098). The Code of Virginia (§
10.1-2305) requires a permit from the Department of Historic Resources for any archaeological work conducted on human graves, marked or unmarked. Additional information about laws pertaining to human burials may be found on our website
here. Info about the burial permit process is available
New Historical Highway Markers Approved: The markers cover topics in the counties of
Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Mecklenburg, and
Tazewell; and the cities of Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and
Petersburg. Also, an updated marker for Caroline Co. replaces a prior one noting the site where John Wilkes Booth was killed..
The eight new markers, recently approved for manufacture, will highlight a Danville church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke; the origins of 4-H clubs in Virginia; and an attack by Shawnee Indians on a frontier family in present-day Tazewell County, among other topics.
press release for more information, including the
texts of the new markers.
New Publication from DHR:
Virginia Historical HIghway Markers & The War of
This guide, created originally for the 2014
Legacy Symposium convened at Fort Monroe and Hampton University
in June, highlights 39 state historical markers that deal with
aspects of the War of 1812.
Organized by county or city locales, the guide provides the text
of each highway maker.
The 12-page guide includes illustrations and photos and should
benefit teachers, students, and travelers.
Download the PDF now.
Post-Natural Disaster Advisory:
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Phone: (804) 482-6446 or 804) 367-2323