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Walkersville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Grinder / Slaker Shed

 
 
Grinder/Slaker Shed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 9, 2019
1. Grinder/Slaker Shed Marker
Inscription.  The reduction process—pulverizing lump quicklime into smaller sizes primarily for agricultural use—took place in this building. Workers brought quicklime (5 in.-8 in. in diameter) here from the kilns and fed it on a chute to the grinder (also called the hammer mills). The grinder pulverized the quicklime into smaller pieces.

Another process, called slaking, could then reduce the quicklime into powder. Slaking involved applying water to a pile of quicklime. Workers bagged the powdered lime and stored it in large warehouses east of the kilns and along the railroad tracks.

Farmers purchased lime here at the site, or the lime was shipped by rail or truck to be sold elsewhere. The lime from Fountain Rock was used primarily to balance the pH (reduce the acidity) of farmers' fields, but could also be used for whitewash, preserving foods, mortar, plaster, medicine, and disinfection of animal pens and outhouses.
 
Erected by Frederick County Parks & Recreation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
Grinder/Slaker Shed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 9, 2019
2. Grinder/Slaker Shed Marker
Industry & CommerceScience & Medicine.
 
Location. 39° 28.531′ N, 77° 22.03′ W. Marker is in Walkersville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Fountain Rock Court east of Fountain Rock Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8511 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville MD 21793, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chemistry in the Kiln (a few steps from this marker); Atop the Kilns (a few steps from this marker); Inside the Kiln (within shouting distance of this marker); Crusher Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Working the Kilns (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Fountain Rock Lime Kilns (within shouting distance of this marker); The Quarry (within shouting distance of this marker); Watercress Farming (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walkersville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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