Historic preservation is the thoughtful management of cultural resources, which includes historic buildings, sites, structures, objects, and landscapes. The goal is to identify significant cultural resources, protect and preserve those resources, and reuse or restore them according to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.
Preservation can be used as a mechanism to maintain a community's unique identity. It can also be utilized as a tool for economic development. Whether a cemetery, quarry, mill site, Civil War fortification, plantation house, school, farm complex, or an entire village, our cultural resources enable us to make sense of our past, which in turn helps us to understand our present, and ultimately, guides us in wise planning for our future.
Historic Resource Overlay Districts
County Code Chapter 28 Article IV
Section 28-58 - Historic Resource Overlay District (HR)
- Historic Resource Overlay District Guidelines
- Historic Districts Overall Map
- Historic Districts Individual Maps
Historic Preservation BoardsMaster Interpretive Plan - Prepared with funds contributed by Virginia Department of Transportation to assist with interpretive programming for the Falmouth Historic District.
- Guide To Virginia Historical Resources
- Historic Preservation Easements
- National Register of Historic Places
- Online Historic Preservation Education (self tutorials)
- Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation
- Teaching with Historic Places (especially designed for teachers)
- Technical Preservation Briefs (how to guides)
- Virginia Department of Historic Resources
To learn more about historic preservation in our community, contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at (540) 658-8668.