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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Natural Disaster Recovery Advisory

For Owners and Managers of Historic Buildings in Virginia

Trades & Consultants Directory

Please Note: This directory is provided by DHR as a service to property owners, local governments, and state and federal sponsors in Virginia seeking the assistance of trades people or professionals with expertise in historic preservation. The directory is not all inclusive; however, all craftsmen, artisans, contractors, consultants and other professsionals with historic building experience who request inclusion will be listed.
The inclusion of an individual or firm in this directory is not an endorsement by the department or a demonstration of professional competence. As a government agency, the department cannot recommend the services of an individual consultant and does not accept responsibility for the performance of any consultant.
     The directory should not be construed as an “approved” list. Determining the suitability of the providers is the responsibility of the list owners. It is also the responsibility of the property owner to obtain all appropriate permits and to ascertain that contractors have the appropriate licenses. Licensing requirements and status may be checked at the
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations.
If you are a tradesmen or expert in historic repairs or a preservation consultant and you would like to be included in the directory, please contact Megan Melinat.

If you have an historic home, commercial building, or other historic property damaged by a recent natural disaster, DHR is available to assist you. WE have expert staff to assist in assessing damage to buildings and options available for repairing or saving historic materials and architectural features. Contact Randy Jones.

The Historic Surry Disaster Mitigation Plan provides useful guidelines for all Virginians about preparing for, and recovering from a natural or man-made disaster, specifically with regards to the treatment of historic properties. The attractive, 30-page plan, created in 2016, is the result of a grant administered by DHR from the the NPS’s Historic Preservation Fund–Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant.

FYI, see these helpful checklists (from the full plan) for preparation and recovery from disasters.

Helpful Links for Recovery after Flooding:

Tips and guides for actions to take after floods / hurricanes (these links go to other websites):

Links for Addressing Moisture in Old Buildings:

General Information for Property Owners:

Want to Contact DHR About Your Damaged Property?:

There are alternatives to demolition, many damaged historic buildings can be saved and repaired.

Please let DHR know if your historic property has been damaged as a result of a natural disaster; DHR is here to offer advice or additional assistance.

For more information, contact Randy Jones ( or by phone at (540) 578-3031. When contacting the department to request assistance, be prepared to provide

  • the property owner’s name,
  • phone and email, and
  • the property’s address.

If available, a low-res digital image of the property is helpful and can be emailed to Randy Jones.

Updated June 25, 2018