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.
Six Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register
in June 2015
A bus station in Petersburg connected with the Civil Rights Movement, an early 20th-century
railroad depot in Pittsylvania County, a state park that originated in federal conservation
efforts during the 1930s, and the site of a British fort in the Chesapeake Bay where
escaped slaves were trained as Colonial Marines during the War of 1812 are among
six sites recently added to the VLR.
slideshow of the places.
(See more slideshows
Recent News and Announcements
Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial
Era to 1940
: DHR is pleased to present
this new online publication designed to aid professionals, students, and
readers of all walks in identifying and documenting the numerous types and styles of historic buildings in the
The guide opens with an overview of Virginia’s architectural heritage within
the context of larger historic trends, from its colonial-era
settlement through to the economic, technological and cultural innovations of the early
The majority of the publication consists of "Style and Form"
information sheets offering basic information about and character-defining
of the many historic architectural styles that have shaped Virginia’s public and private
spaces across more than three centuries. Because architecture is a visual medium,
Classic Commonwealth relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles.
We hope that the Classic Commonwealth style guide will enrich your understanding and
appreciation of Virginia’s historic architecture. Additionally, this guide complements the
New Dominion Virginia Style
Guide, which DHR issued in 2014 and covers the 1940s through the late 20th century.
Historic Trades & Consultants Directory:
completed an overhaul and update of our directory for craftsmen/trades people who work on historic structures. This directory is provided by
DHR as a service to those in Virginia seeking the professional assistance of people with expertise in historic preservation. This directory does not presume to be all inclusive; however, all consultants, craftsmen, artisans, and contractors with historic building experience who request inclusion will be listed.
This is not an “approved” list. The
inclusion of an individual or firm in this directory is not an
endorsement by VDHR or a demonstration of professional
competence. It is the responsibility of the property owner to obtain all appropriate permits and to ascertain that contractors have the appropriate licenses. Licensing requirements and status may be checked at
www.dpor.virginia.gov. If you are a craftsman interested in being included on the list, please contact
Eleven New Historical Markers
Approved by DHR:
Among the new historical markers recently approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources are
signs highlighting women’s history in the military and art, African American history in education
and recreation, as well as a sign for a Lynchburg dentist who pushed for dental care for
servicemen in the U.S. Army. See this
press release which includes the texts of the
approved historical markers.
Today’s Treasure – Tomorrow’s Trust: Virginia's Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan, 2016-2021
(A Working Draft for Public Review and Comment):
DHR seeks public comment on
a draft statewide comprehensive
preservation plan for the 6-year planning cycle 2016-2021.
We have posted a review draft (neither a finished nor designed
final document). All the same, at this stage in its progress,
your input on the content and direction of the plan is very important
by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended, the comprehensive plan provides
an overview of historic preservation in Virginia. It creates a framework within which
preservation stakeholders can contribute to the identification, preservation, and active use of
historic places in communities around the Commonwealth.
The plan, as presented in the posted
draws heavily on public participation conducted in 2014 and
dovetails with other statewide
plans, particularly the Virginia Outdoors Plan and the Virginia Tourism Plan. It is intended for
use by state and federal agencies (beyond DHR), local governments and
review boards, planning departments, local and regional organizations with an interest in
historic places, museums and historic attractions, educators and institutions of higher learning,
and both public and private owners of historic places.
2015 Report on the Stewardship of State-Owned Property:
The General Assembly requires
DHR to develop two biennial reports, with the option that they
might be combined, on the stewardship of state-owned properties by various state agencies and institutions.
The two reports consist of priority lists of (1) the Commonwealth’s most historically significant
state-owned properties that are eligible for, but not designated on, the Virginia Landmarks Register
(VLR), and (2) of significant state-owned properties, designated on or eligible for the VLR,
which are threatened with the loss of historic integrity or functionality. The document also
includes a biennial status report summarizing actions, decisions, and the condition of properties
previously identified as priorities. DHR has completed this year’s biennial report,
now available. For more information about stewardship
of state-owned properties, visit this dedicated
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
Post-Natural Disaster Advisory:
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2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221
Phone: (804) 482-6446 or (804) 367-2323