About Us

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Our History

Preservation Virginia holds the notable distinction of being the first statewide historic preservation organization in the nation. Founded in 1889 as the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, we have a proud legacy of saving, preserving, promoting and serving as an advocate for Virginia’s historic places—preserving 400+ historic places. We embrace the belief that the resources of our past offer vital lessons and opportunities to present and future generations about all facets of our complex history. We believe in the power of community engagement and partnerships, recognizing the importance of a holistic approach to cultural heritage management in concert with economic development, urban planning, education and wellness of communities.