History

OUR HISTORY

Founded August 16, 1990 as the Historic Rivers Land Conservancy, the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy was the first private non-profit land trust in Virginia incorporated specifically to use the provisions of the Virginia Conservation Easement Act. In 1996 the organization’s name was changed to the Williamsburg Land Conservancy and, in 2015, was renamed the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy to reflect its growing regional presence. Today, the Conservancy operates as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, supported by annual membership dues, donations and grants. A Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from throughout the Historic Triangle and beyond, governs the organization. Working committees, volunteers, and paid staff help to carry out the programs and projects of the Conservancy.

For the past 32 years, the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy’s mission of protecting and preserving significant scenic, agricultural, and historic lands in the lower James, York, Rappahannock, and Chowan River(s) and surrounding watersheds has remained unchanged. With 14,700 acres permanently protected from future development, the Conservancy strives to maintain the character and ambiance of this special region.

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