West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office
Interactive Map Viewer


The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office Interactive Map is designed to provide professional consultants, state/federal agency employees and the public with a means to make informed decisions with regards to cultural resource locations. 

The principal function of the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office Interactive Map is to provide users with a quick and easy approximate determination for an identified location of cultural resources. The goal is to reduce the time delays and costs historically associated with inquiries directed to the State Historic Preservation Office. However, if there is any doubt in determining the location of a resource, it is recommended that the SHPO be consulted as they are the official stewards of all cultural resources for the state of West Virginia. 

A broadband internet connection and a Web browser (IE 9 or higher, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome or Firefox) is required. 

Interactive Map Views
The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office Interactive Map has two customized map views: Public View and Restricted View. The Public View allows the general public to obtain quick and easy cultural resource locations for those resources that have no restriction based on data sensitivity. The Restricted View is provided by SHPO through a subscription service. The Restricted View contains data that is considered sensitive or restricted based on location and fragility of the resource.

Cultural resource location data is available for all 55 WV counties. In the future, new cultural resource data will be added as it becomes available to the State Historic Preservation Office. See User Guide in the Resources Section for more information

Allows the public to make informed decisions about the location of existing cultural resources throughout the state of West Virginia. NOT the official instrument of a final location determination. Includes the best available cultural resource data based on West Virginia Historic Property Inventory Forms, National Register Nominations, Archaeological Inventories, and Archaeological Surveys. Incorporates the best available background and reference layers (aerial photos, roads, 10-ft. contours, addresses, etc.) from commercial and local data sources.

Tool Functions, Visualization, and Performance
Includes two customized map views (Public and Restricted) for the general public and SHPO approved users for viewing cultural resource location information. Provides multiple ways to zoom to geographic locations, including by street address, coordinates, place names, and navigation controls. Permits users to view high-resolution aerial photography at a zoomed-in map scale of up to 1:564. Displays the approximate elevation of the ground at any location with a vertical accuracy of +/- 10 feet. Links specific cultural resources to its respective WV Historic Property Inventory Form, National Register Nomination, Archaeological Inventory and Archaeological Survey PDF file. Allows users to publish or exchange links of cultural resource maps. Employs ArcGIS Server 10 technology to improve performance and visual appearance of map features.

Data Layers
Data layers are divided into three major categories: (1) base map or background layers, (2) overlay reference layers, and (3) the SHPO cultural resource layers. Many of the layers are scale-dependent and only display at certain map scales.

Base Map (Background) Layers
The Map Viewer provides access to 15 base map layers from commercial and governmental web services. Road base map layers are useful for viewing the named features of roads, streams, and other points of interest. Topographic base layers are helpful for viewing the terrain. Photographic or satellite imagery base layers are useful for viewing structures and high resolution pictures of the earth's surface. The best leaf-off imagery layer includes high resolution imagery combined with the 2003 SAMB imagery.

Reference Layers
Overlay reference layers consist of vector framework layers such as transportation, hydrography, elevation contours, geographic names, boundaries, and addresses. Reference layers are generalized and more detailed at zoomed-out and zoomed-in scales, respectively, with all layers displayed at the largest zoom-in scale of 1:564.

SHPO Cultural Resource Layers
SHPO cultural resource layers encompass information about cultural resource location and links to their respective official forms collected as a part of their Architectural Inventory, National Register Nomination, Archaeological Inventory or Archaeological Survey. Certain cultural resource layers (National Register Restricted, Archaeological Sites, Archaeological Surveys) are only viewable in the Restricted View, for which approval and a subscription from SHPO is required.