Since 1889, Preservation Virginia has served as a statewide historic preservation leader, saving more than 400 historic places. Our six historic sites open to the public serve as catalysts for our efforts to protect and preserve historic places and communities in all regions of Virginia.


Through the generosity of our supporters, we teach, share and collaborate for the preservation and enhancement of Virginia’s communities through our various educational programs.


As an advocate for Virginia’s historic resources, we work closely with decision-makers to communicate the economic and cultural benefits of preservation and promote important preservation-related policies and programs.

100 Miles of History

Explore More than 100 Miles of History!

With six historic sites located in Central and Southeastern Virginia, we offer more than 100 miles of history for day trippers and multi-day tourists to explore. Learn about all that our sites have to offer and start planning your trip today!

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Since 1889, Preservation Virginia’s efforts have saved more than 400 unique historic places across Virginia, including our six historic sites open to the public.

You can make a difference for the historic places you love.

Join Preservation Virginia today and help make Virginia’s communities and historic places of memory stronger, more vital and economically sustainable through preservation, education and advocacy.

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Willis Augustus Hodges: Cape Henry Lighthouse’s First African American Lighthouse Keeper

Photo courtesy of The Virginian-Pilot Willis Augustus Hodges served as the first African American lighthouse keeper at the Cape Henry Lighthouse from May 10 to July 26, 1870. Willis Augustus Hodges was born in Blackwater, Virginia, modern-day Virginia Beach, on February 12, 1815. He was born a free black man to a family of well-off …