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Loudoun County Heritage Resource Preservation: Background
Historic and Cultural Resources
photo of historic homeLoudoun County residents have long treasured the county's historic, archaeological, and cultural resources.

Structures, roadways, environmental features, scenic vistas, and villages have been identified as significant resources and many are recognized as such by national, state, and local organizations and governments.

The Department of Planning and Zoning provides administrative and professional support for preservation of Loudoun's historic and cultural resources. The county does this by administering seven Historic and Cultural Conservation Districts and one Historic Roadways District, implementing the Heritage Preservation Plan, and protecting archaeological resources from most development, among other methods. The county is also a Certified Local Government (CLG), which allows it to compete for federal grant money earmarked for local preservation.

The Historic District Interactive Guide is one project funded by CLG grant money. This site teaches Loudoun County residents about its historic districts.

To view a brochure about the Historic and Cultural Conservation Districts click here.  To view our Beaverdam Creek Historic Roadways District brochure click here.

What's Newnew
The winners of the 2015 Preservation Awards presented by the Loudoun County Joint Architectural Review Board have been announced. 

Rules and Procedures
In 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved amendments to the Rules and Procedures of the HDRC. The Rules and Procedures now require that HDRC staff post a sign on the subject property of a Certificate of Appropriateness (CAPP) application 14 days prior to the HDRC meeting as a means of notifying residents about the application.  View the HDRC's Rules and Procedures here.

Historic Maps Available Online
Loudoun County maintains an online gallery of historic maps, including the 1853 Yardley Taylor map and the 1926 Rural Delivery Routes map used by the Post Office. Other maps show original land grants, historically African-American communities and Historic Districts. View the online gallery here.  

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