Historic Registers

Nominating an individual property or an entire district to the National Register of Historic Places can be a daunting task. HistoryTech can handle the entire process with expertise and efficiency. {MORE}

Architectural History

Our team members take architectural documentation, evaluation, and historical research to a new level, helping to place your property into context and determine its significance. {MORE}

Historic Deed Platting

Using state of the art Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technology, HistoryTech can help vividly illustrate the history of a property, or help solve long-standing mysteries regarding ownership, boundaries, etc. {MORE}

Founded in 2005, HistoryTech (formerly The Antiquaries) is a small, client-focused historic preservation consulting firm based in Lynchburg, Virginia. Services offered include National Register of Historic Places Nominations, Historic Structures Reports, Building and Land Research, Deed Mapping, and Genealogical Research. The firm works primarily with private landowners, developers, architectural firms, local governments, and stakeholder groups/grassroots organizations.

Norwood-Wingina Historic Resources Survey

Public Meeting
Tuesday June 10, 2014
7:00 p.m.
St. John Baptist Church, 9939 Norwood Road, Norwood, VA

Click here to download a .pdf copy of the Updated draft report:
file icon pdf NorwoodWinginaSurveyReport_DRAFT_060914.pdf

The Norwood-Wingina Historic Resources Survey, conducted in 2012-14, was funded by the County of Nelson and the Cost Share Program of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR). The survey was modeled on DHR’s “Guidelines for Conducting Survey in Virginia for Cost Share Projects” (October 2011) and was undertaken by HistoryTech, LLC.


Collins Ferry Historic District Listed in National Register

28 November 2012: The Collins Ferry Historic District encompasses approximately 740 acres of forest and farmland in northern Halifax County along the Staunton River. The district includes eighteen contributing resources and one non-contributing resource, and consists of two neighboring, but distinct, farmsteads: William Collins’ “Collins Ferry” to the north and McHaney Hubbard’s farm to the south. Historically, these two properties were linked by a road, built in 1814, that connected DeJarnette’ s Road (now Bull Creek Road) to William Collins’ mill and ferry (established in 1812 and 1814, respectively) on the Staunton River. While the ferry ceased operation in the early 20th century, the road remained in use and was called McIver’s Ferry Road (after its late-19th century owner). Today, both properties in the district use segments of this road as driveways or farm roads.

Built ca. 1810, Collins Ferry (041-0040) is one of Halifax County’s most intact Federal style plantation homes, and boasts one of the county’s most outstanding collections of interior millwork and decorative painting. The two-story, five-bay, double-pile brick house rests on the edge of a steep bluff overlooking Buffalo Creek, and while it is situated on the road to Collins mill and ferry, it is isolated from the hustle and bustle of those operations. The property includes seven agricultural outbuildings, a cemetery, a quarry site, and the site of the mill and ferry.


Edgefield listed in National Register

12/12/2012, Greenbrier County, WV: Built or expanded in 1897 by Pocahontas County livestock dealer George W. Whiting, Edgefield represents a remarkably-intact turn-of-the-century farmstead in the northern Greenbrier Valley. The house, along with its associated outbuildings, has a period of significance spanning between 1935 and 1960, which reflects the time during which Floy Whiting Whorrell (a daughter of G. W. Whiting) actively managed the farm. It is locally significant under Criterion B in the area of agriculture for its connection with Floy Whiting Whorrell, a widow who operated (and later owned) the farm. Floy made her mark on the community as a single female farm operator, which was certainly not the norm in Greenbrier County during the mid-20th century. She also expanded Edgefield’s production capacity and introduced innovations in dairy farming to the area, including surge milkers and elevated milking platforms. The property displays significant integrity of location, association, feeling, design, materials, setting, and workmanship. Edgefield was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on 12 December 2012.

Ohioan seeks his Amherst County roots, appeals to locals for help

More than a decade ago, Kenneth E. Jones of Blacklick, Ohio embarked on a quest to discover the story of his ancestors, who called Amherst County home for over a century. During this time, Ken has learned a great deal about his family, including the locations of four family farms in the county. However, a key piece of the puzzle has remained elusive: the locations of the graves of his Jones forebears. Ken is hopeful that perhaps an Amherst County resident who reads this story may know of one or more cemeteries that contain his ancestors.

In 1775, on the eve of the American Revolution, Ken’s 4th great grandparents, Richard and Nanny Jones of Cumberland County, purchased 300 acres on Rutledge Creek (on the north side of what is now Waugh’s Ferry Road in the Town of Amherst). Richard Jones had died by 1790, but the locations of the graves of Richard and Nannie are unknown.

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Dr. Richard Thornton House Listed in National Register

28 November 2012- Built in the first quarter of the 19th century for physician Richard Thornton, the Federal style house has a unique floorplan that reflects its use as both a residence and office for a country doctor. Additionally this layout was useful in providing lodging for individuals traveling from Lynchburg to Halifax Court House via Republican Grove. The dwelling is a rare extant example of a home and principal place of business of a Halifax County physician. Richard Thornton (1786-1860), who owned the property from 1818 until his death in 1860, was practicing medicine in the area as early as 1822, and by 1850 was one of the most senior and wealthy doctors in Halifax County. He mentored, supported, or was closely associated with at least half a dozen younger physicians, including his son Robert B. Thornton (1811-1875), nephew John L. Thornton (1829-1885), grandson Felix F. Thornton (1841-?), and grand nephew Richard P. Thornton (1863-1931).


HistoryTech's land tract mapping services help Blair Underwood discover his family history

24 February 2012- On NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?," (Season 3, Episode 3) award-winning actor/director/producer Blair Underwood explored his family roots in Central Virginia in addition to connecting with a distant cousin (via DNA analysis) in the African country of Cameroon.

HistoryTech had the unique opportunity to provide historical research and land tract mapping services for the project. Above, Blair Underwood and Dr. Dan Fountain (Meredith College) use a map created by HistoryTech to better understand the relationship between Blair's ancestor Sawney Early and his neighbors along Forest Road (U.S. 221) in the City of Lynchburg and Bedford County.

HistoryTech also performed historical research on Underwood’s ancestors including Delaware Scott, Samuel Scott, and Sawney Early in the counties of Amherst, Bedford, and Campbell and the City of Lynchburg. Click here to view the entire episode online.

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