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 Places Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register, December
One of the oldest surviving frontier-era buildings on Virginia’s southern Piedmont, as well as 18th-century plantation houses in the Tidewater region, and three distinct modern 20th-century buildings in the Richmond area are among the ten places added to the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) by the Department of Historic Resources
in December 2016.
of the places.
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Recent News and Announcements
DHR has issued its mandated biennial report on the
and Status of State-Owned Properties 2017-2019.
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.
DHR is pleased to announce the availability of grants through the Virginia Battlefield Preservation
for the preservation of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefields in Virginia
either through fee simple land purchases or protective easement purchases. Battlefield preservation
organizations that qualify are urged to apply. Applications are due
July 6, 2017
. Please contact
for any questions about the grant application form and grant criteria (grants manual). Also feel free to share the announcement with any other preservation organizations that may be eligible for such funds.
Battlefield Grant Application Grant Criteria and Manual
18 New Historical Markers Approved
The horrific story of a young Congolese man brought to the United States for exhibition at a World’s Fair in the early 20th century, the heroic feats during World War II of the first conscientious objector to receive a Medal of Honor, and the early forays of the U.S. Army in developing the foundations of today’s GPS (Global Positioning System) during the 1960s are among the many topics covered by new historical markers approved
in March for installation. Read a
and the full marker texts.
16 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks
: A mid-20th century church in Williamsburg
associated with the oldest continuously active African American
congregation in the United States, a post-World War II planned
village in Fairfax County, and two Confederate Civil War memorials
are among the 16 sites added to the VLR in March during a quarterly
meeting of DHR's two boards. For more information, see this
, which includes a summary of the significance of
In celebration of the 50th anniversary
of DHR as well as the
National Historic Preservation Act
and Virginia Open-Space Land Act
our agency published this special
Commemorative Issue of
Notes on Virginia, No.54
now available online as a 74-page PDF. DHR released a limited
print-run edition of the magazine at Preservation Virginia’s annual conference
in October, convened on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the NHPA on October 16, 1966.
(The agency’s Historic Resources Fund covered the printing costs of the magazine.)
We still have hard copies of the print edition 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. See
past issues of
Notes on Virginia
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.