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Lower Chanceford Township in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Survivor of the Past

 
 
Survivor of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, May 16, 2011
1. Survivor of the Past Marker
Inscription.  
You are looking at the top of a restored lime kiln. Many of these were in use during the 1800's but have since become outmoded by large scale production techniques.

This double kiln has two circular pots, constructed of schist stone that held the limestone as it was being burned down into lime. Double pots allowed for increased production.

To produce lime, iron bars were laid across the bottom of the pot and then alternate layers of six-feet of small coal and sixteen to eighteen inches of limestone rocks were laid to the top of the kiln. The kiln was then covered and burned for about two weeks. After it had cooled for one week, the iron bars were removed, the burned lime fell and was shoveled out of the bottom. Much of the lime produced here was shipped via the canal to other areas.

Please go to the bottom to see the openings and the front of the kiln.
 
Erected by PPL Corporation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 39° 48.842′ N, 76° 

Top of Lime Kiln image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, May 16, 2011
2. Top of Lime Kiln
19.735′ W. Marker is in Lower Chanceford Township, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on River Road just from Holtwood Road (Pennsylvania Route 372). Marker in near the walkway to Lock No. 12. Turn right off westbound PA 372. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2410 Holtwood Rd, Airville PA 17302, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lock No. 12 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Locks (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Canal Community (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Canal Boats (approx. 1˝ miles away); York Furnace Bridge (approx. 5.1 miles away); Susquehanna Canal (approx. 5.1 miles away); Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lower Chanceford Township.
 
Lime Kiln image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, May 16, 2011
3. Lime Kiln
Survivor of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., November 15, 2020
4. Survivor of the Past Marker
Firm name "whited" out at lower right.
Survivor of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., November 15, 2020
5. Survivor of the Past Marker
Better view of the hole at the bottom of one of the kilns (the one to the right of the marker).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 489 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on November 13, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland.
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