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Castleton in Rutland County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Slate Pencil Manufacturing

(1843-1878)

 
 
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By Kevin Craft, August 28, 2016
1. Slate Pencil Manufacturing Marker
Inscription.
In 1843, John Cain erected a slate pencil mill along Sucker Brook. Benjamin and James Adams bought the mill in 1853, and began mass-producing slate pencils as the Adams Manufacturing Co. Soon, after acquiring more land and business partners, the company was renamed Vermont Slate and Alum. At its peak, the company produced up to 100,000 pencils a day, which were shipped throughout the world. By the end of the Civil War, slate pencil manufacturing began to wane as wood and graphite pencils took over the marketplace. The company ceased production following a devastating fire in 1876 and foreclosed two years later. Remnants of the pencil mill can be seen along the brook from Pencil Mill Road.
 
Erected 2016 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 43° 39.767′ N, 73° 11.18′ W. Marker is in Castleton, Vermont, in Rutland County. Marker is at the intersection of North Road and Pencil Mill Road, on the right when traveling west on North Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castleton VT 05735, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Selleck Cabin (approx. 3.2 miles away); British Flank Near Mt. Zion
Wideview of Slate Pencil Manufacturing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 28, 2016
2. Wideview of Slate Pencil Manufacturing Marker
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Monument Hill Charge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Germans Arrive, Americans Retreat (approx. 3.2 miles away); Welcome to Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Park (approx. 3.3 miles away); Hubbardton Battle Monument (approx. 3.3 miles away); Dawn Attack (approx. 3.3 miles away); Battle of Hubbardton (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page was last revised on August 29, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the remnants of the pencil mill described on marker. • Can you help?
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