Manheim Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In the later 19th century, David M. Mayer, owner of Belmont Farm, began his lime kiln operation to aid local farmers in fertilizing the rich Lancaster County soil with needed lime. To fuel his lime kilns, Mayer excavated stone on his property, and soon began crushing it and providing the crushed stone to other businesses. David M. Mayer died in 1891 and his widow Katherine Hunsecker Mayer sold the house, farm and quarry to John Keller in 1894 for $47,650.
The quarry had commercial success as a source of limestone to produce lime, and later crushed gravel. When springs filled the pit and stone production ceased, the quarry became a source of potable water for the City of Lancaster. In 2017 the quarry found a new purpose as a "wet detention basin" to protect the property and neighboring properties from rainwater runoff.
Erected by Shoppes at Belmont.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 40° 3.937′ N, 76° 18.661′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Mayer Place, Lancaster PA 17601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belmont Lime kiln (within shouting distance of this marker); Mayer Cemetery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); David M. Mayer House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 0.8 miles away); Vietnam and Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Citizen Soldier (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manheim Township.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on June 1, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.