Virginia Landmarks Register

The Virginia Landmarks Register was established in 1966 and is managed by the Department of Historic Resources. It is the state’s official list of properties important to Virginia’s history. The same criteria are used to evaluate resources for inclusion in the state register as are used for the National Register. Listing on the VDHR Virginia Landmarks Register is a prerequisite for inclusion on the National Register. When a property is placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, it is certification that it meets all requirements for inclusion on the National Register.

Inclusion on the Virginia Landmarks Register or owning a property that qualifies in a recognized historic district entitles the owners to Virginia State tax credits when investing in stabilization, preservation and restoration efforts.

The Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and National Park Service (NPS) do not charge any fees for any part of the registration process. Costs may be incurred for items such as maps, postage, photo prints, photocopies, and other materials the author includes with the nomination packet. Many property owners successfully complete the Preliminary Information Forms and National Register of Historic Places nominations with advice from department staff.

Members of Preservation Northern Shenandoah Valley are ready to assist you and answer questions that you may have for getting your priceless treasure or your proposed historic district nominated for inclusion on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Just visit our Contact Us page, select "VDHR & NRHP forms" from the drop down list and fill in your message.

To read more about the Virginia Landmark Register, please visit: http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/register.htm

Property owners should visit the Preliminary Evaluation and Nomination Processes page at the VDHR website to learn about the two-step process for getting your property recognized.
Please visit: http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/register_pif.htm

To view a list of all the forms, please visit: http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/downloading_register_forms.htm

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the State Historic Preservation Office(SHPO) for Virginia. It receives National Register nominations and provides feedback to the nominating individual or group. After preliminary review, the SHPO sends each nomination to the state's historic review commission, which then recommends whether the State Historic Preservation Officer should send the nomination to the Keeper of the National Register. For any non-Federally owned property, only the State Historic Preservation Officer may officially nominate a property for inclusion in the National Register. After the nomination is recommended for listing in the National Register by the SHPO, the nomination is sent to the National Park Service, which approves or denies the nomination.

To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/nr/