RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The history and architecture of 21 sites across the state were recognized in the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) last week by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
The new additions include places such as a building at Lynchburg College where Virginia had a head start in co-educational instruction, a park in Staunton that was established for African Americans during the era of segregation, as well as farms in Halifax and Pittsylvania counties and a South Boston historic district that reveal aspects of the settlement and agricultural history of the Commonwealth’s Southside region.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources plans to forward the documentation to all 21 sites listed by VLR to the National Park Service for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. However, listing a property in the state or national registers is honorific. It sets no restrictions on what a property owner may wish to do with their property. The designation is simply an invitation to learn about and experience significant places in the state’s history.
The designation of a property to state or national registers can also provide property owners a chance to pursue historic rehabilitation tax credit for improvements to the building.
Virginia is a leader among states in its listing of historic sites and districts. It also takes the lead as the number of federal tax credit rehabilitation projects that are proposed and completed each year.
Both the register and tax credit rehabilitation programs are significant in the promotion of Virginia’s heritage and the preservation of its historic locations, as well as the encouragement of tourism in many towns and communities.
Nomination forms and photographs for each of the 21 sites can be accessed on the DHR website.