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About Us

Founded in 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 27 years, the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy’s mission of protecting and preserving significant natural, scenic, agricultural and historic land in the lower James, York and Rappahannock River watersheds has remained unchanged. With 6,550 acres permanently protected from future development, the Conservancy strives to maintain the character and ambiance of this special region where we live, work or simply visit for a while.

Today, 6,550 acres of protected land later, the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy is in its 27th year of protecting land.