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​Preservation Virginia presented the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission with its Katherine Glaize Rockwood 2020 Outstanding Community Preservation Award during a September 23 ceremony. The award is given annually to an individual, group, or activity that has made a significant contribution to the preservation of historic resources in Virginia. The awards ceremony, which has been delayed for more than two years due to the pandemic, was held at Patrick Henry’s historic Scotchtown site in Hanover County.

The Preservation Virginia Awards Committee was impressed with the commission’s innovative preservation program, which includes a research grant program that supported research into underrepresented community histories and a historic roadmarker program that increased by 33% the number of state road markers in Virginia Beach. They also noted the commission’s work with local schools to engage students in historic preservation and to help others learn more about Virginia Beach’s history. Additionally, Preservation Virginia recognized the commission’s work in support of the Cape Henry Lighthouse, including its Pints ​​for Preservation partnership with local craft breweries to raise funds for future lighthouse restoration projects.

Preservation Virginia is a statewide privately funded preservation organization, the oldest such organization in the United States having been founded in 1889. Preservation Virginia preserves and manages several important historic sites, including the Bacon’s Castle, Cape Henry Lighthouse, John Marshall House and historic Jamestowne. Its mission is to make Virginia’s historic communities and places of memory stronger, more vital, and economically sustainable through preservation, education, and advocacy.

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a city council-appointed agency that advises the council on matters related to historic resources. They seek to preserve, protect, and maintain the historic integrity of Virginia Beach and former Princess Anne County through an advocacy program and increased public awareness and involvement. The Commission actively supports projects to survey historic resources, recognize historic buildings, neighborhoods and events, and search for hidden areas of the city’s history. The commission typically meets the first Wednesday evening of the month at 2875 Saber St., Suite 500. Visit for more information about the Historic Preservation Commission.

Sergeant. The Miles James Historic Road Marker was funded by a research grant from the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission.

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