Our mission is to make Virginia’s communities and historic places of memory stronger, more vital and economically sustainable through preservation, education and advocacy.

We envision a Virginia where historic preservation is an integral part of everyone’s life.

What we are and what we do

Preservation Virginia, a privately-funded, statewide historic preservation leader founded more than 100 years ago, works to ensure the relevancy of the Commonwealth’s historic places. The multifaceted and impactful nature of our advocacy programs, six historic sites and partnerships with other organizations has allowed us to create a holistic approach to saving the places that connect us to our diverse, complex history.

This approach underscores our belief in the power of community engagement and embracing the places of our past as vital resources for present and future generations. The results can be seen in the rural towns that now have thriving Main Streets, the success stories of endangered historic places revitalized with Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits and our studies that show the positive economic impact of historic preservation on Virginia’s economy.


Founded in 1889, Preservation Virginia holds the notable distinction of being the nation’s first statewide historic preservation organization. The organization, originally known as the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, was formed by a group of women intent on saving the neglected historic sites in their communities.

Their work would not have been possible without the many people who saw the wisdom of saving those sites. Today, after helping to preserve over 400 historic places, we carry on their legacy through our advocacy programs, historic sites and valued partnerships.

Historic Jamestowne