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The Virginia Department of Historic Resources
is the State Historic Preservation Office.
Our mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of
Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.

Historic Virginia

11 Places Added to the
Virginia Landmarks Register

  From Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay to caverns in the Shenandoah Valley,
11 sites approved for listing in the VLR represent important threads in the tapestry of Virginia history from the colonial to the
post-World War II eras.

Here's a slideshow of the places.

(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

Contemporary Battlefield Conservation & Management Strategies, A Symposium: April 30-May 1: Let's leave a lasting legacy! With the final year of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War fast approaching in 2015, DHR is sponsoring a two-day symposium in Richmond to focus on contemporary challenges and opportunities related to Civil War battlefield stewardship and protection. The symposium is open to all citizens, organizations, or jurisdictions with an interest in preserving Virginia’s threatened battlefield lands and landscapes. For more information, see this most recent agenda. The Virginia Historical Society is partnering with DHR to host the event and handle registration. The fee is $65 per person and covers continental breakfast and a box lunch for each day, as well as an evening reception at Historic Tredegar, where noted Civil War scholar and author James I. “Bud” Robertson Jr., will give a keynote address. To register, visit this webpage. (Here's a press release about the event.)
Cost Share Survey and Planning, Now Seeking Proposals: DHR is pleased to announce the availability of funds for the annual Cost Share Survey and Planning program for localities and planning district commissions who are interested in partnering with DHR to conduct local and regional cultural resources survey and planning activities. The application is available here and is due by May 9, 2014. Please contact your local regional office or Carey L. Jones, Survey Coordinator, for more information regarding the Cost Share Survey and Planning Program. See Request for Applications.
Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant for Historic Properties:
Note: Newly Extended Application Deadline: Now May 1st.: The National Park Service is allocating $1.5 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia to reimburse property owners for repairs to their historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the massive storm that struck the mid-Atlantic and northeast coast of the U.S. in October of 2012. The grant is open to private property owners, and organizations or local governments with ownership interests in historic properties in jurisdictions in Virginia that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared federal disaster areas in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Owners of historic properties in those localities are now possibly eligible for reimbursement funds to repairs they made already or are planning to make to historic structures ravaged by the storm. For more information about the grant, eligibility, and the application, please review the following documents (here's the press release announcing the grants):
DHR has extended the original grant deadline; applications now must be submitted to DHR by 3 p.m., May 1st
Civil War Sites Preservation Fund: Request for Applications: DHR is pleased to announce the availability of matching grant funds for Civil War battlefield grants this year. (Please Note: Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for these funds.) Funds are available for fee simple purchase of lands or for the purchase of preservation easements. Please follow these links to: (1) information about guidelines and criteria for the grants, (2) the application form, and (3) the easement application form for the 2014-15 grant round. Please note that applications are due by May 1, 2014. DHR anticipates making awards in July and having the projects completed by March 16, 2015. Please read all documents carefully. Please review all material carefully in completing the grant application. For more information, contact David Edwards, Director, Community Services Division, DHR, (540) 868-7030.
Bank building after renovation.
(Photo: Kevin Blackburn)
Community Bank Building, ca. 1970s, in Buena Vista. (Photo: DHR tax credit file)

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs Benefit Virginia's Economy: The rehabilitation, re-use and preservation of Virginia’s historic residential and commercial buildings is good for the commonwealth’s economy according to a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The benefits of bringing old buildings back to life ripples across the economy and through local communities, adding upwards of an estimated $3.9 billion to the state’s economic health. Those rehabilitation expenses and their domino effect have also created more than 31,000 full and part-time jobs during a 17-year period and generated an estimated $133 million in state and local tax revenues. Read the 51-page report or see this Preservation Virginia press release highlighting the study's findings.

Photo Markel Bldg, Richmond
New Dominion Virginia: DHR is pleased to announce the launch of our New Dominion Virginia initiative. The initiative focuses on Virginia’s recent history and architecture from 1946 to 1991. We've begun the effort with various documents that develop themes and frameworks for evaluating historic resources associated with this period, to facilitate architectural survey, and to assist property owners, local governments, historical societies, and other individuals and organizations with an interest in the architectural and cultural landscape of this pivotal period in the Commonwealth’s history. Check out the New Dominion Virginia webpage.
Updated: How to Research Your Historic Property: Owners of old Virginia houses, commercial buildings, mills, and farmsteads, as well as historians of churches, schools, and businesses often want to learn more about the history of their property but are not sure how to go about it. DHR recently updated our publication on how to conduct research on a historic property and it is available for downloading as a PDF. The publication introduces you to some of the useful sources available for learning about the history of a Virginia property.  

Post-Natural Disaster Advisory:  See this webpage.

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Phone:  (804) 367-2323