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11 Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in September 2016

Historic sites affiliated with milling, mining and other commerce in southwest Virginia and the peanut economy in Suffolk, along with the first public lending-library in Amherst County, and the former headquarters of the Virginia Commission for the Blind are some of the places added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in September 2016.

Month & Year Posted Site Name
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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. Slideshow features a tour of the churches that were listed in 2006 on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Counties of Carroll, Floyd and Patrick.
June 2016 
14 Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in June 2016: A water tower in Manassas, a mill complex that operated into the 1960s in Amherst County, tobacco warehouses in Richmond affiliated with the mass marketing of cigarette brands, and a military railroad at the heart of Fort Belvoir’s development in Fairfax County are among the 14 historic sites recently listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register Counties of Amherst, Fairfax, Frederick, Goochland, Loudoun, Madison, Nelson, and Southampton; and the cities of Lexington, Manassas, Norfolk, and Richmond
March 2016
Five Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in March 2016: The places include an archaeological site on the campus of the University of Virginia associated with a free African-American antebellum household, an early 19th-century crossroads tavern complex in Hanover County, and two consolidated schools and a public healthcare facility in western Virginia built during the 20th century. Counties of Bath, Roanoke, Hanover; and the cities of Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Roanoke
December 2015
11 Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register in December 2015: Two places of recreation—a historic district centering on the iconic Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County and William Byrd Park in Richmond—as well as a nearby residential development and a neighborhood on the west side of the city park, and a rural historic district in Rappahannock County are among eleven historic sites added to the Virginia Landmarks Register. Counties of Rockbridge, Rappahannock, city of Richmond and others.
September 2015
Nine Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register in September 2015: A 10,000-acre rural district in Warren County rooted in colonial history, an estate in Nelson County associated with an international medical pioneer, a 1960s-era hospital in Smyth County noted for its then-innovative design, and a former plantation in Loudoun County affiliated with a Depression-era cut-flower enterprise are among the sites added to the VLR by DHR in September. Counties of Page, Nelson, Warren, Smyth, Loudoun, Gloucester; and the cities of Bristol, Fredericksburg, Waynesboro, Richmond, Winchester
June 2015
Six Sites Added to 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 June 2015. Counties of Accomack, Chesterfield, Halifax, Hanover, and Pittsylvania; and the cities of Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Danville, and Hopewell
March 2015
Eight Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register in March 2015: The farm where legendary racehorse Secretariat was born, a post-Civil War African American community in the northern Shenandoah Valley, two buildings exemplifying Modernist architecture, and the oldest known commercial swimming pool in the Commonwealth were among the historical sites added to the VLR in March 2015. Counties of Albemarle, Caroline, Clarke, Gloucester, Rockbridge, and cities of Newport News and Norfolk
December 2014
10 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register: Two summer youth camps in Bath County, one of which is the oldest known and still-operating camp in Virginia; a cemetery established by an emerging community of formerly enslaved African Americans in Harrisonburg; and a rare-surviving railroad depot in Tazewell County were among the 10 listings added to the VLR. Counties of Amherst, Bath, Buckingham, James City, Lee, Pittsylvania, Russell, and Tazewell and the City of Harrisonburg
September 2014
Seven Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register The first dormitory built at Virginia Tech, an early Charlottesville suburb, a cut-flower greenhouse complex in Lynchburg, and a modernist-style house of worship in Arlington County are among the seven new listings added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in September 2014. Counties of Arlington, Henrico, Loudoun, and cities of Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Norfolk; also Virginia Tech
June 2014
Eight Places Added to the Virginia Landmarks Regiister: A 19th-century railroad depot in Wythe County, a 1930s-era Art Deco-style school that served the black community in Staunton and a historic district in Franklin County dating back to the 1780s and the founding of Boones Mill are among seven places recently approved for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register by DHR in June. Counties of Botetourt, Franklin, Montgomery, and Wythe, and cities of Lynchburg, Norfolk and Staunton
March 2014
11 Places Added to the Virginia Landmarks Regiister: From Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay to caverns in the Shenandoah Valley, 11 sites approved for listing in the VLR in March 2014 represent important threads in the tapestry of Virginia history from the colonial to the post-World War II eras. Counties of Accomack, Fauquier, Frederick, Gloucester, Rockingham, and Warren, and the cities of Danville, Richmond, and Virginia Beach
December 2013
13 Historic Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register: From the brick and stone storage cellars of a 19th-century brewery along the James River near Richmond to the horse and hunt country of rural northern Virginia, the commonwealth’s history is captured in 13 sites recently listed in the VLR. Counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Henrico, Loudoun, Mecklenburg, Rockbridge, and Shenandoah, and cities of Franklin (in Southampton Co.) and Richmond
September 2013
12 Historic Sites Added to Virginia Landmarks Register: From an iconic building once associated with a Confederate soldiers’ home to modest structures built by African Americans in mountain communities in western Virginia to the high-style mansions of Virginia’s elite, the commonwealth’s post-Civil War and early 20th-century history is represented in 12 sites listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register in September 2013. Counties of Bath, Franklin, Highland, Loudoun, Nelson, Powhatan, and the cities of Richmond and Roanoke
June 2013
Nine Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register: Virginia history from the Colonial to the post-World War II eras is represented in nine sites listed in June in the Virginia Landmarks Register, the state’s official list of important historic places. Counties of Fairfax, Hanover, Orange, Prince Edward and Surry, and the cities of Norfolk, Roanoke and Winchester.
March 2013
13 Historic Sites Added to VLR: Among the 13 historic sites approved are a farm that served as a refuge to Jews escaping Nazi Germany, an estate that is home today to a unique educational music center, and historic districts at the heart of five towns scattered from Tidewater to the Cumberland Gap Turnpike  in southwest Virginia. Multiple counties and cities.
December 2012
16 Historic Sites Added to VLR: Among the 16 historic sites approved for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) by DHR are three buildings at the University of Richmond, a house and mill complex in Shenandoah Co., a train depot in Alexandria, and schools and a Farmville church that figured in civil rights efforts to desegregate public education in Virginia. Multiple counties and cities.
September 2012
Nine Sites Added to VLR: Among the nine historic sites approved for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) by DHR are the building where Geo. Washington’s brother-in-law operated a store in Fredericksburg, a a historic district that arose around a ferry, mill, and tavern on the Staunton River in Halifax County, and a former railroad freight station in Roanoke that now serves as a museum. Multiple counties and cities
June 2012
19 Historic Sites Added to VLR: Historic resources recently added to the VLR include a Shenandoah Valley farmhouse where painter “Grandma” Moses lived, a nearly forgotten Civil War-era cemetery established for blacks in Alexandria, and a log-built boat that reflects a once common construction technique for the large craft used by watermen on the Chesapeake Bay. Multiple counties and cities
May 2012
The Anne Spencer Garden: Poet Anne Spencer was associated with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. The cottage garden she and her husband created behind their Lynchburg home was a special sanctuary for the Spencers. This slideshow commemorates the Spencers, their garden, and its restoration Lynchburg
Photo March 2012 Pamplin Pipe Factory: Today this site is an archaeological preserve containing the remains of several periods of clay pipe manufacture. The factory was established circa 1880, although pipe-making
 in the area likely traces back to mid-1700s.
Appomattox Co.
Dec. 2011
The U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk was among 10 sites added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in December 2011. Counties of Amherst, Arlington, Bland, Fauquier, and Prince George, and cities of Hampton, Lynchburg, and Norfolk.
April 2011
The Richmond Ironclads at Trent's Reach, James River: The Confederate Navy's Bold Gamble to Cut Off the Union Army's Supply Base at City Point, January 23-24, 1865: Civil War photographers typically used enormous glass plate negatives to capture an image. Archaeologist Taft Kiser explores these images to create fresh views of historic photographs and illustrations as he tells the story of a little-recalled battle between the Confederate and Union navies on the James River. Henrico and Chesterfield Cos.
October 2011
Eight Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register: A 1911 fire station in Roanoke, an 1859 general store in Fairfax County, and a historic district commemorating a little-known Civil War battle that spurred President Abraham Lincoln to replace his top commanding general were among the sites added in September 2011 to the VLR. Counites of Amelia, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Rockingham,
and Shenandoah,
and the cities of Petersburg and Roanoke.
October 2011
Vale School – Community House: This 1884 schoolhouse recalls Fairfax County's rural history. In 1935, it began its long association with the Vale Home Demonstration Club. Today, it is still owned and operated by the community members. Fairfax Co.

June 2011
16 New Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register: The 1766 Bryan McDonald House (Botetourt Co.) and 15 other sites in Virginia were approved for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register in June 2011. Accomack, Amherst,
Arlington, Botetourt,
Clarke, Fauquier,
Frederick, Louisa, Mechlenburg,
Rockingham, and Shenandoah counties,
and the cities of
Richmond, Roanoke, and Waynesboro.
May 2011
Rippon Lodge: This former plantation and the oldest existing house in Prince William County is now restored and open to the public. Prince William Co.
March 2011
Crenshaw House & The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia: Women's National History Month Slideshow: Predecessor to today's League of Women Voters, the Equal Suffrage League was founded in Richmond in 1909, in the Crenshaw House, located in the heart of the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, which now owns the house. Richmond
Photo March 2011 Gadsby's Tavern & Ice Well: This legendary tavern and inn was visited by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other American leaders. Here patrons could order iced refreshments and ice cream (including oyster flavor!) year round. City of Alexandria
February 2011
Longs Chapel: This African-American Reconstruction-era chapel, built after the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley, nearly vanished before restoration efforts reclaimed it just in a nick of time. Rockingham Co.
January 2011
 Historic Henry County Courthouse: See what one community has done to preserve its historic Courthouse and Courthouse Square. Martinsville 
December 2010
Old Thomas James Store: This is one of the oldest existing store buildings in the American South listed in the state & national registers. Mathews Co.
October-November 2010
Fairfield Archaeological Site: Learn about the amazing history of this colonial-era plantation site. Gloucester Co.
Scrabble School Photos
July-Sept 2010
Rosenwald Schools in Virginia: Learn about Virginia's Rosenwald Schools and efforts to identify and reclaim remaining buildings. Shows schools in Louisa and
Rappahannock Cos., and
Flat Gap High School
June 2010
Flat Gap High School: This beautiful school was constructed of stone in Southwest Virginia. Wise Co.
Foster Falls Historic District
May 2010
Foster Falls Historic District: Located in New River Trail State Park, Foster Falls is one of southwest Virginia's "ghost towns." Wythe Co.