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Preserving History in Southwest Virginia

October 04, 2018 | 1 pm
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Residents, property owners, and citizens interested in preserving historic buildings, places, and archaeological sites in Southwest Virginia are encouraged to attend information sessions scheduled for early October in the towns of Marion and Appalachia and the City of Bristol at which staff of the Department of Historic Resources will discuss various programs including the Virginia Landmarks Register, the National Register of Historic Places, state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, and archaeology in the region, among other topics.

The sessions, which are open to the public and require no pre-registration, are scheduled for October 2 in Appalachia in Wise County, October 3 (at the Lincoln Theatre) in Marion in Smyth County, and October 4 in Bristol. The venues and times for the sessions will be announced at a later date along with detailed agendas. The Marion event will also include representatives of Preservation Virginia.

“Our outreach this October to citizens and communities in Southwest Virginia has been a top priority of the agency and we look forward to this long-planned tour,” said Julie V. Langan, director of the Department of Historic Resources (DHR), who will join DHR staff during the sessions and presentations.

Staff of DHR will discuss programs that offer technical assistance and incentives that assist in recognizing, restoring, and preserving historic buildings and sites. Among the topics DHR staff will discuss will be:

  • The process and criteria for listing a historic property on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The state’s historical marker program including the criteria for highlighting a person, place or event on a state historical marker and the process of applying for a marker.
  • Archaeology in Southwest Virginia and programs for the stewardship or investigation of archaeological sites, especially those currently threatened.
  • An overview of Virginia’s preservation easement program and the process of donating an easement in order to preserve a historic property in perpetuity.
  • An overview of the state and federal rehabilitation tax credit program and qualifications and process of how to apply for tax credits for projects to rehabilitate or repurpose properties listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places.

All three sessions are free and open to the public. For more information about these events, contact DHR’s Randy Jones atrandy.jones@dhr.virginia.govor 540-578-3031 or contact Mike Pulice atMichael.pulice@dhr.virginia.govor 540-387-5443.