DHR Survey for Comprehensive Preservation Plan
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is updating its five-year statewide preservation plan, and we need your help. Your feedback and input will help us shape the plan as we consider a wide range of strategies to identify, evaluate, and protect historic places throughout Virginia. The successful implementation of a comprehensive preservation plan is possible only if the commonwealth's preservation community shares its common goals and objectives. For that reason, we urge you please to take our brief on-line survey that seeks to capture your ideas and opinions about the current and future state of historic preservation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Information gathered from this survey will help us determine how best to serve you in telling and preserving Virginia's diverse and rich heritage. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important effort. 

Which of the following categories best describes your connection to Virginia's history and historic places? (Check ONE box for the response that best describes you.)

Government employee (local, state, or federal)
Local historical society
Museum or library
Main Street, heritage tourism, or downtown organization
Educator (at any level)
Student (at any level)
Caring resident
Non-profit preservation organization
Owner of a historic property
Realtor or developer
Preservation or Archaeology professional or consultant
Avocational archaeologist
Professional historian
History enthusiast and/or heritage tourist
Elected official (local, state, or federal)

Which historic resources in your area do you consider the most important to preserve?

Please rate the choices on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1=extremely important; 2=important; 3=somewhat important; and 4=not important. 

 1 Extremely Important 2 Important 3 Somewhat Important 4 Not Important  
Archaeological sites  
Downtowns (including civic buildings)  
African American resources  
Religious buildings and cemeteries  
Rural landscapes and agricultural resources (e.g. barns, silos, etc.)  
Transportation (e.g. railroads, stations, roads) and industrial resources (e.g. warehouses, factories, etc.)  
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If you think it is important to preserve Virginia's historic resources, please tell us how you would complete the following statement, "Preserving historic places in a community...." Please choose up to four choices below.

preserves community character.
creates opportunities for economic development.
has environmental benefits such as conserving energy and saving space in landfills.
demonstrates a respect for the past.
tells the story of Virginia's diverse history.
leaves a legacy for future generations.
brings tourism dollars to communities.
creates educational opportunities for teaching about history and culture.
reduces sprawl and saves farmland and open space.
makes for livable communities and improves quality of life.

Which preservation activities should the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) give priority to during the next five years to protect historic and archaeological resources?

Please rate your choices as 1=extremely important; 2=important; 3=somewhat important; or 4=not important. 


 1 Extremely Important 2 Important 3 Somewhat Important 4 Not Important  
Surveying to identify historic buildings and structures  
Recognizing the importance of diversity resources (African-American, Native-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, etc.)  
Nominating historic properties to the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places  
Promoting the preservation of archaeological sites  
Funding programs (Certified Local Governments, Cost-Share, etc.)  
Partnering with local preservation organizations and planning commissions  
Federal and state rehabilitation tax credits  
Working with other statewide preservation partners (Preservation Virginia, Archeological Society of Virginia, Council on Virginia Archaeology, etc.)  
Historic preservation training  
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Which historic resources in your area do you consider threatened? Select all that apply.

Archaeological sites
Downtowns and commercial areas
Residential neighborhoods
Farms and agricultural outbuildings
Transportation related resources (bridges, gas stations, railroad depots, etc.)
Government public buildings (courthouses, city halls, government office buildings, etc.)
Religious buildings
Industrial properties (factories, warehouses, etc.)
Cemeteries and burial grounds
Ethnic/minority resources and communities
Landscapes (parks, gardens, rural landscapes)
Mid-20th century or recent past architecture

What do you believe are the five most serious threats facing Virginia's historic resources today? Select the ones that apply.

Development pressures resulting in demolitions and sprawl
Demolition by neglect
Agricultural practices resulting in the loss or neglect of barns and other outbuildings
Lack of funding, both private and public
Lack of awareness/interest in historic preservation
Inadequate laws and ordinances to protect historic resources
Uninformed decision makers
Natural threats and disasters (including sea-level rise)
Public works projects
Projects sponsored by private/public utilities
Lack of local protections (ordinances, staff, funding, etc.)

What five training, informational, or educational topics would be the most useful to you and your community in your preservation efforts? Please select the five items that apply.

Rehabilitation of historic building features such as masonry, woodwork, windows, etc.
Developing local planning tools, design guidelines, etc.
Stewardship of archaeological sites
Energy efficiency and weatherization in historic buildings
Training for local preservation commissions and architectural review boards
Review of infrastructure/develo-
pment and the potential effect of federal projects on historic resources
State and National Register nomination process
Financial incentives for preservation and archaeology
Training on laws protecting historic resources
Documenting and preserving historic cemeteries
Recording and documenting historic resources
Preservation easements on historic properties

What do you consider the five most effective methods that the Virginia Department of Historic Resources can use to provide historic preservation information to the public? Please select the five that apply.

Access to DHR staff by telephone and email
Social media (Facebook, etc.)
Public outreach events
On-site staff assistance
Training workshops (technical, planning, etc.)
Off-site technical assistance
Volunteer and intern opportunities

In which Independent City, Town, or County in Virginia do you reside?


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How did you learn about this survey?

DHR electronic newsletter
DHR website
DHR Facebook page
Public meeting
Local preservation program or commission
Friend or colleague

What social media platforms do you regularly use now? Please select all that apply:


In which of the following age groups do you identify yourself?

Under 18 years old
19-24 years old
25-39 years old
40-64 years old
65 years and older
Prefer not to answer

Do you identify yourself with any particular ethnic heritage?

Prefer not to answer


How do your friends/family members perceive historic preservation? Is it important to them?


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Broadly, do you see historic preservation as a community value?


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