Created by the General Assembly in 1999, the Capitol Square Preservation Council consists of thirteen individuals with expertise in art, architecture, landscape architecture, history, preservation, and administration. The Secretary of Administration, Clerk of the House of Delegates, and Clerk of the Senate serve as ex-officio members. This group is charged with planning and review of projects that affect the State Capitol, its historic artifacts, other historic buildings on or adjacent to Capitol Square, and the landscape and archaeological features of Capitol Square.
The Preservation Council's work is administered by an Executive Director. The Council is required to meet quarterly. In addition, its standing and ad-hoc committees meet as may be necessary.
Virginia Capitol Square Preservation Council is pleased to host the Virginia Capitol Square Fair, a community outreach and education event on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is in partnership with non-profit and public educators to offer families and visitors an array of history and conservation learning opportunities and to explore Virginia’s history and the natural environment. This event is free and open to the public and located on the historic grounds of the State Capitol to celebrate the Bicentennial of Capitol Square. Free parking is provided for all visitors in the 14th and Main parking deck (Lot 13).
Partners across the commonwealth will highlight their important work by providing engaging, SOL-based activities for children and families. While this event is focused on the outdoors, the Virginia State Capitol will be open for tours and self-guided opportunities. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with Thomas Jefferson on why he designed the Capitol the way he did, hear Patrick Henry’s famous speech, and walk the historic grounds with Maggie Walker. Along with our special guests, visitors will participate in a Capitol Police equipment and K9 demonstration, discover how you can maintain a healthy habitat in your own backyard, discover artifacts in an archeological dig and so much more! Bring the whole family to participate in exciting activities from The Valentine, National Park Service, Children’s Museum of Richmond, John Marshall House, Montpeleier, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Henricus, The Division Capitol Police Commonwealth of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Mansion, and more!
We encourage all students, teachers, and visitors to come and enjoy the Virginia Capitol Square Fair. Please contact the Capitol Square Preservation Council Education Coordinator, Maggie Jackson, with any questions by phone at (804) 225-8051 or by email.
The Virginia General Assembly, in partnership with the Capitol Square Preservation Council, presents an exhibit in the east exhibit gallery of the Virginia State Capitol entitled, A Stand for Peace: Winston Churchill and the Call for Unity. Opening on the 70th anniversary of Churchill’s historic March 8, 1946, address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House Chamber, this exhibit uses photographs and the words of participants and observers to look at the events of that significant day at the dawn of the Cold War era.
The quarterly Board Meeting of the Capitol Square Preservation Council will be held Wednesday, September 7 from 2-4 pm at the Capitol in House Room 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Directions to the Virginia State Capitol can be found on the Virginia General Assembly Website.