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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

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

10 Places Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register, December 2016
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.
See a slideshow of the places.
(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

CLG (Certified Local Government) 2017-2018 Grant Applications Now Available!  For CLG communities this is a wonderful opportunity to update surveys, revamp design guidelines, expand or update National Register listings or send architectural board members to training. This year CLGs will be competing for $89,541 to be divided among 35 CLGs in Virginia. The deadline for the applications is May 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. All final products will be due by June 15, 2018. Here are links to application and other necessary documents: (1) Announcement (with instructions); (2) Request for Applications; (3) Attachments A through F, I, J; (4) Attachments H, K, L through R, U
A house in the South Rockfish Valley Rural Historic District surveyed during a Cost
Share project.
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. See this RFA (Request for Applications) for more information about the program and the application or contact Blake McDonald at DHR ( The deadline for applications is 4:00 PM, Friday, March 31, 2017. 
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. 

Seven New Historical Markers Approved in Dec. 2016: The first public memorial in the U.S. honoring veterans of the Vietnam War, a 1909 Virginian Railway passenger depot in Roanoke, and a U.S. Army corporal awarded the Medal of Honor for “extraordinary heroism” during a U.S. cavalry fight with Apache Indians are among the topics featured on seven new historical highway markers approved by DHR in December. For more info and the full text of the seven historical markers, see this press release.  
The "Childress Rock Churches": Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Carroll, and Patrick counties are six rock churches constructed between 1919 and the early 1950s. The churches are associated with Presbyterian minister Robert "Bob" W. Childress, Sr. and his remarkable ministry. Follow this link for a slideshow tour of the churches, which were listed in 2006 on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
Now Available: 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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