In 1998, after much research into the traditional techniques of lime burning, Virginia Lime Works was born. The purpose of our passion was to be able to work with traditional lime mortars for the preservation and restoration of masonry in historic structures. This lime is now being throughout the United States, on such sites as Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville, GA, Fort Adams & Ochre Court in Newport, RI, and Brown University.
Our processes of wood firing the limestone, slaking with spring water, and maturing , produces lime putty that is ideal for mortars, plasters, and limewashes for historic masonry. Our lime burns produce a lime with a distinct character that cannot be found in modern lime production. Our intent is to produce a high quality, traditional lime putty that will not have adverse effects to masonry. Modern mortars, for the most part, are too hard and impermeable, and contain properties that are not suitable for use in historic masonry.
In addition to our lime putty, we offer traditional custom pre-made mortars, plasters, and limewashes. For the past four years we have been importing Natural Hydraulica Limes from Europe, and now in 2005 Virginia Lime Works is offering their own Natural Hydraulic Lime. Virginia Lime Works offers traditional masonry tools, on-site consultancy, basic mortar analysis, training classes (both in-house and on-site), and publications by Historic Scotland.
Virginia Lime Works has an open door policy. If you are in the area and would like to stop in and play with materials or chat about your project, whether it is repointing your chimney or putting together a restoration plan for a State Capitol Building, we are here to help. At Virginia Lime Works we strive to provide the best materials, services and training to the reservation community for the conservation of our historic masonry structures.