Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Leesburg Lime Company
New Lime Kiln— Messrs. Orr & Manning have in full blast, their new improved Lime Kiln, erected near the A.L.&H. Railroad Depot, Leesburg. It works beautifully, and is turning out a large quantity of Lime. Our farmers and builders can now be supplied with this article, at reasonable rates.
Quarriers used dynamite to break up the limestone inside the pits. The tall poles in the photograph below were part of a steam-powered cabled winch that hauled stone from the pit. Stone was mixed with coal and burned in the kilns, then brought out to the track through the arched openings ahead of you.
The lime company supplied farmers with fertilizer, and builders with plaster for walls and stone for roads. The company went out of business when bluestone, quarried in the eastern part of the county, proved more durable for road use.
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
Location. Click for map. Located about 250 feet east of Harrison Street, along the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lost Locomotive (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leesburg Freight Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stationmaster's House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Log House (approx. 0.2 miles away); McKimmey's Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Norman-Harding Barn (approx. ¼ mile away); Dairy Barn (approx. ¼ mile away); Osterburg Mill (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo of the lime kiln captioned, “The W&OD tracks alongside the Leesburg Lime Company in about 1912. By that time, the original quarry, filled with water in the foreground, was replaced by a quarry on the other side of the embankment.” A small inset reproduces an advertisement for the Leesburg Lime Quarry Co. from 1891.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,252 times since then and 131 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.