Most Endangered Historic Places
Virginia’s long and rich history persists in a large number of historic sites that continue to survive the march of time. Many of these sites are vulnerable to neglect and deterioration due to insufficient funds, inappropriate development and/or insensitive public policy.
In an effort to advocate for these sites, the Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places list has been presented for nearly 20 years. It continues to raise awareness of Virginia’s historic sites, encouraging citizens, localities and organizations to continue to advocate for the protection and preservation of these places. The list has featured buildings, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes across the state that face imminent or sustained threats to their integrity or survival.
The Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places program will resume in a revised format in 2020. Over the course of 2019, nominations will be accepted but they will not be reviewed by the selection committee until the deadline for accepting nominations in March 2020.
Most Endangered Historic Places Updates
Advocating on behalf of Virginia’s historic places takes dedication, passion and the support of your community. Hear from previous Most Endangered Historic Places nominees about the current state of their listings and their continued efforts to preserve Virginia’s invaluable historic resources.
Warm Springs Bath Houses and Gibson Cottage
“We have learned that progress takes time and that not every ’cause’ is going to have a happy ending. After eight years of doing all we could to advocate for action to save the Bath Houses, the owner (the Omni Homestead) has finally put together its plan, hired architects and set a schedule for the proper historic restoration of the Pools buildings. That is the good news story.”
“Inclusion on the list certainly provided a boost to our preservation efforts; based on the listing the local newspaper carried an article about the project, and we were invited to be interviewed on a local radio program.”
Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum
“By being designated on the list of Most Endangered Historic Places, the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum has benefited from increased visitation, increased publicity, increased support, and increased awareness of the needs of this historic site.”
Nominate an Endangered Historic Place
Submit a nomination for the 2020 Most Endangered Historic Places list.