Marking a Virginia Historic Landmark Virginia Historic Landmarks Register The Commonwealth of Virginia can commemorate a landmark as historical in some way by giving it a historical highway marker and/or placing it on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Neither of these designations provides for the sites legal protection by the government; however, inclusion in these ways gives preservationists a means for acknowledging that the commonwealth deems the sites important enough to commemorate, which can be an important morale boost to people trying to protect a site.

Acting upon the suggestions of the Virginia Advisory Legislative Council, which was formed in 1965, the General Assembly established in 1966 the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, which it gave authority to commemorate “those structures and areas which have a close and immediate relationship with the values upon which the State and the nation were founded.”8 A list of such sites was compiled and the VHLC chose to name it the Virginia Landmarks Register, and that each site included would be designated a Virginia Historic Landmark. Today this list features over 2,000 entries, and it is maintained by the Department of Historic Resources, which is an independent agency that was formed by the state in 1989. The DHR's process for designating a spot as a Virginia Historic Landmark is quite similar to that of the National Register for Historic Places.

Literary Markers How a Site Gets on the Register


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