Survivor of the Past
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 & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 48.842′ N, 76°
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. 1½ miles away); The Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal (approx. 1½ miles away); The Canal Community (approx. 1½ miles away); The Canal Boats (approx. 1½ miles away); Parks are for People (approx. 2.4 miles away); A Story Told by Our Totem Pole (approx. 4.2 miles away); Indigenous Peoples of the Susquehanna Valley (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lower Chanceford Township.
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 537 times since then and 13 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.