Cemetery Resource Links

ACCESS TO CEMETERIES LOCATED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY VIRGINIA CODE 57-27.1
Virginia law requires that landowners allow access to cemeteries on private property for the purpose of visitation by family members/descendants or plot owners, and for genealogical research. You must give reasonable notice and abide by any restrictions the landowner may place upon frequency, hours, and duration of access. This does not provide a right to drive on the property to get to the cemetery unless there is a road or adequate right-of-way that permits access.

virginia_department_historic_resources.pngThe Virginia Department of Historic Resources

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) is the State Historic Preservation Office. Their mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources. All requests for listing on the National Register must go through this office. You can find more information at the following links.

VDHR administers two programs designed to recognize our historic resources and to encourage their continued preservation: the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. For more information follow this link:

Register Information-Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

The VDHR Blog provides resources relating to Virginia's historic cemeteries, including information on workshops, cemetery preservation, and other resources. To find out more, click on the link below.

Historic Cemeteries in Virginia-VDHR Cemetery Blog


the_association_for_gravestone_studies_logo.pngThe Association for Gravestone Studies

The Association for Gravestone Studies promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic grave markers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones.