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

Slate Pencil Manufacturing

(1843-1878)

 
 
Slate Pencil Manufacturing Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
 
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
Wideview of Slate Pencil Manufacturing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 28, 2016
2. Wideview of Slate Pencil Manufacturing Marker
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west on North Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castleton VT 05735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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 (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).
 
Remnants of Slate Pencil Manufacturing Hydro Power Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Gilkenson, June 18, 2017
3. Remnants of Slate Pencil Manufacturing Hydro Power Foundation
Remnants of Slate Pencil Manufacturing Building Chimney's Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Gilkenson, June 18, 2017
4. Remnants of Slate Pencil Manufacturing Building Chimney's Foundation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 514 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 29, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.   3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2017, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont.

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