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Title:  Putting Virginia's History to Work: Virginia's Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan

Image: Cover of Virginia's Preservation Plan
Virginia's Preservation Plan
Number of Pages:  20
Approval Date:  December 22, 2000
Planning Cycle:  5 years

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Mission/Vision Statement:
Putting Virginia's History to Work: The department commits itself to supporting the identification, stewardship, and use of Virginia's significant historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources, especially to support a statewide vision for a healthy economy and community vitality as the Commonwealth moves towards its 400th anniversary in 2007.

Table of Contents:

    Executive Summary
    Creating and Revising This Plan
    What They Told Us
    Our Clients
    The Resources-Assets Worth Preserving
      How Many Are There?
      Where Are They?
      What Types of Resources Are Registered?
      How Do Virginia's Registered Resources Relate to One Another?
    Tools of the Trade
      State and Federal Programs Administered by DHR
      Other State and Federal Programs
      Local Options
      Private Resources
    Success Stories
    Taking Action
      What We've Done Already
      Moving Into the Future
      Join in the Action
      What You Can Do

Public Participation Strategies:

  • Print and on-line public opinion surveys;
  • Feedback solicited from 100 individuals and organizations included in the Virginia History Initiative;
  • Preservation "market study" based on 8 focus group sessions, attended by 160 community leaders;
  • Input from a 5 member Commission on Virginia Archaeology, based on membership surveys and interviews with key individuals;
  • Feedback from agency customers, and from leadership and membership of key statewide preservation organizations;
  • Guidance from Community Awareness Campaign leaders on annual planning, policy and direction.
Other Plan Development Strategies:
  • Staff reviewed progress and status of preservation statewide.

Historic and prehistoric archaeological sites; underwater sites; landscapes; historic buildings and structures, including bridges, dams, earthworks, houses, stores, train stations, warehouses, iron furnaces, and canals; past settlement practices and transportation routes; Civil and Revolutionary War battlefields; historic structured environments; artistic objects; and historical districts.


  • Few localities have been systematically surveyed to identify all historic resources;
  • Lack of knowledge about certain historic resources, themes, time periods, and regions;
  • Inadequate funding undermines public and private preservation and education efforts;
  • Need to "mainstream" preservation with other initiatives and with planning and zoning at the local level;
  • Address issues of population shifts from rural areas and the demand for affordable housing;
  • Increasing public and professional interest in heritage tourism;
  • 400th anniversary in 2007 provides opportunity to enhance preservation activities;
  • Need to recognize the role local governments, neighborhood groups, and citizens can play in preservation;
  • Balance management of existing historic resources with community needs;
  • Increased economic development provides opportunities to market historic resources and attract new business and industry to local communities;
  • Sprawl and poorly managed growth threaten historic resources, rural landscapes, and community sense of place at an unprecedented rate;
  • Putting Virginia's history to work requires balance and scale;
  • Cost Share survey and planning projects, and use of the Virginia Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, have contributed to increase in listed properties;
  • Community Awareness Campaign distributes information on strategies, financial incentives, and best practices.
  1. Sustain and support communities, organizations, and agencies at all levels in their efforts to make historic resources a viable part of their environment well into the future.
  2. Practice good stewardship, including good care and management and effective use of the information, records, and artifacts that the department holds in trust for the citizens of the Commonwealth.
  3. Get the word out about the value of historic resources in Virginia's educational, economic, and civic success and the tools available to put those resources to work.
Strategies Implementing the Goals:
  1. Support efforts to include historic resources.
    • Manage and use full range of historic resources;
    • Help communities, historic attractions, and educational institutions prepare for 2007 commemoration;
    • Encourage stewardship of state and federally owned properties;
    • Strengthen statewide archaeological survey, research, and protection;
    • Promote use of Civil War battlefields as education resources and preservation models;
    • Enhance public benefit of restoration, education, and operation grants provided by General Assembly;
    • Expand Improve outreach to under served areas.
  2. Practice good stewardship.
    • Enhance accessibility of historic property records;
    • Maximize care and benefits of archaeological collections;
    • Manage and expand agency archives, library, and archaeological collections.
  3. Promote education and economic value of historic resources.
    • Increase public awareness of preservation's benefits;
    • Maximize access to resource information;
    • Improve outreach through "Teaching with Historic Places."
Cooperating/Partnering Organizations:
U.S. Department of the Interior; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities; Preservation Alliance of Virginia; Council of Virginia Archaeologists; Archaeological Society of Virginia; Department of Housing and Community Development; Department of Conservation and Recreation; Department of Transportation; Property owners; Virginia Cultural Network; Virginia Land Conservation Foundation; Virginia Main Street Program; Virginia Tourism Corporation; Virginia Association of Museums; Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services; Virginia Council on Indians; Virginia Historical Society.

Effective use of success stories and accomplishments made under the previous plan.

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