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, we have presented our list of Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places annually. For over a decade, this list 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.
2018 Most Endangered Historic Places List
Preservation Virginia’s 2018 Most Endangered Historic Places list includes 11 entries that shine a spotlight on current preservation needs in the state and help us focus our advocacy efforts where they can make the most impact. The list, which features nominations from local preservation groups and individuals, examines the threats facing Virginia’s endangered historic places and offers solutions for each.
Thematic listings are often included and relisted in addition to individual historic places to keep our supporters informed about our ongoing advocacy work and highlight different types of resources, like historic African American schools, and longer-term threats, such as utility infrastructure projects.
Utility Infrastructure Proposals and Review Processes
Threats to Virginia’s rich and varied resources continue to unfold due to inadequate federal review processes for projects like the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and planned transmission towers across the iconic James River.
Historic Barns of the Shenandoah Valley
Old barns are a striking symbol of the rural landscapes throughout the Commonwealth. They particularly symbolize the Shenandoah Valley’s historic rural agricultural landscape along the I-81 corridor, which is being lost at an alarming rate to economic shifts and development pressures.
Historic Properties Affected by Recurring Flooding Statewide
Land subsidence. Sea level rise. Climate change. Coastline erosion. Severe weather. Nuisance flooding. There are many labels and causes for the flooding that threatens historic resources. These risks are increasing, and recurring and nuisance flooding have become all-too-common in some Virginia communities, like the City of Norfolk.
Afton Inn (Front Royal)
At the time that the Afton Inn was nominated to the 2018 Most Endangered list, it was facing demolition despite strong support to save the structure from local citizens and Front Royal’s Board of Architectural Review. On April 27, 2018, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Board of Directors approved a plan that will preserve the historic building.
Village of Aldie (Loudoun County)
Loudoun County is proposing a plan to construct a 14,000-20,000 square foot fire station in the heart of the Village of Aldie. This plan places the entrance corridor and integrity of the historic town at risk.
Boydton Institute (Boydton)
The site of the Boydton Insitute was the original campus of Randolph-Macon College. From 1879-1940, it served as a training school for African Americans. Plans are being made to make the institute and its deteriorated surviving structures safe for visitation and educational programs.
Carr-Greer Farmhouse (Charlottesville)
Built by emancipated slave and landowner Hugh Carr circa 1880, the farmhouse is one a few surviving reminders of the once vibrant African American community of Union Ridge-Hydraulic Mills. It suffers from deferred maintenance and has been vacated due to its condition.
Grace Heritage Center (Western Loudoun County)
Formerly Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, the building is in disrepair and has been out of use since 1950. Built in 1885 by African Americans with the support of Quakers, the community is at risk of losing a symbol of the ties between the area’s Quaker settlers and enslaved people.
Green Pastures (Longdale) Recreation Area (Clifton Forge)
Forest Service funding cuts and the relocation of the James River District office are factors that hinder attempts to stop the degradation of this landscape. The area was opened in 1940 for African Americans, who were prevented from using forest facilities during the Jim Crow era.
Sandy Level F&P Depot (Pittsylvania County)
The Sandy Level F&P Depot was one of a series built on the Franklin & Pittsylvania Railroad between 1900 and 1910 by the Southern Railway and served the area’s transportation and commerce needs. Currently, the depot suffers from general neglect and a section of roof has failed.