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.

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.”

Read our Q&A with Phil Deemer, Executive Director of Preservation Bath.

Carr-Greer Farmhouse

“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.”

Read our Q&A with Steve Thompson of the Ivy Creek Foundation


Carr-Greer Farmhouse

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.”

Read our Q&A with Farron Smith, founder of the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum.


Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum

Ashland Theatre

“Our goal was to save the theatre and make sure that our greater community knew about our diamond in the rough. The endangered status helped get the word out that our historic theatre was falling into ruin.”

Read our Q&A with Douglas Love, president and CEO of the Ashland Theatre.

Ashland Theatre

Nominate an Endangered Historic Place

Submit a nomination for the 2020 Most Endangered Historic Places list.

Most Endangered Historic Places Archive