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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

12 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in counties of Amherst, Halifax (3), Henry, Lancaster, Loudoun (Middleburg), Mecklenburg (South Hill), Surry (Town of Surry); and the cities of Harrisonburg, Richmond, and Virginia Beach. The listings include
  • Five sites in Southside region of Virginia in Halifax, Henry, and Mecklenburg counties;
  • Historic districts in Virginia Beach, Town of Surry, and Harrisonburg;
  • Also, updated and expanded boundaries for three previously-listed sites: the Warm Springs Bath Houses in Bath County, the Thoroughgood House in Virginia Beach, and the Clifton Forge Historic District.
Read this press release (PDF) with photos and descriptions of the properterties and historic districts. See this webpage for individual nomination forms and photographs of each listing.
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Sites added to the VLR in September, clockwise from top right: (1) Church in Town of Surry Historic District, (2) Tower Building, Richmond, (3) Commerical building in Clifton Forge Historic District; and (4) Warm Springs Bath Houses (previously listed).

Recent News and Announcements

Public Notice for Burial:

(1) Public notice is hereby given that Miller and Smith have been granted a permit from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, pursuant to Section 2305 of the Virginia Antiquities Act, to archaeologically remove and relocate an unmarked cemetery, located near Stafford Courthouse, in Stafford County, VA, to an established cemetery for preservation. Members of the public have a right to request information regarding the relocation and preservation effort. Additional information and a copy of the permit application are available at VDHR 2801 Kensington Ave, Richmond, VA 23221 (804) 367-2323, and at Circa~Cultural Resource Management, LLC 453 McLaws Circle, Suite 3, Williamsburg, VA 23185 (757) 220-5023; Please direct all public comments by 5:00 p.m. on December 8, 2017 to either of these addresses. Public notices can be found at VDHR’s website, at the site, and Stafford County Permitting office.

(2) Notice is hereby given that K Hovnanian Homes (4090A Lafayette Center Dr., Chantilly, VA 20151) plans to relocate a single burial located within the Eagle’s Pointe West Landbay A Section 2 development in Prince William County, VA. The removal was conducted under a Permit for Archaeological Removal of Human Remains issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR), and the proposed relocation will be performed under the same Permit. Copies of the Permit may be viewed at the offices of Stantec Consulting Services Inc., the VDHR, K Hovnanian, and at the Montclair Library. The archaeological recovery of the burial was conducted by a professional archaeologist employed by Stantec in consultation with the VDHR and the County of Prince William. The planned reburial will be within a local cemetery. Any interested parties may request a public meeting to discuss the burial relocation. Send written comments by 5:00 p.m. on December 8, 2017 to Brynn Stewart, Stantec, 5209 Center St., Williamsburg, VA 23188 or, and to Joanna Wilson Green, VDHR, 2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond, VA 23221, or by email
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16 New State Historical Highway Markers Approved in September: Among sixteen new historical markers recently approved for placement along Virginia roads will be signs that highlight two taverns dating to the colonial era, an influential Baptist preacher on the Eastern Shore, three cemeteries, a Confederate general, a folk artist who began her career at age 61, and African American education and civil rights history during the 20th century. See this press release, which includes the text of each new marker.

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DHR has issued its mandated biennial report on the Stewardship and Status of State-Owned Properties 2017-2019 (PDF). 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.
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In 2016, DHR celebrated the 50th anniversary of the agency as well as the National Historic Preservation Act and Virginia Open-Space Land Act. To commemorate the anniversary, we published a special Commemorative Issue of Notes on Virginia, No.54 (PDF), now available online as a 74-page PDF. We still have hard copies of the magazine 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.) Some past issues of Notes on Virginia are also available online. 

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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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