Near South Strafford in Orange County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
In the 1790s a body of ore was discovered here, leading to the production of copperas from 1809 - 1880s and the intermittent production of copper from 1832 - 1958. The mine site covered 850 acres, and over three million tons of ore were extracted from open cuts and below ground. By 1834 the site included one of the nation's earliest successful large-scale copper smelting plants. Employing as many as 220 workers, the mine had a major impact on the economic and cultural development of Strafford and surrounding towns. By the 1980s the site was identified as a source of pollution in nearby streams. It was designated a National Priorities List (Superfund) clean-up site in 2001 by the Environmental Protection Agency, and a massive remediation effort followed.
Erected 2012 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 43° 49.463′ N, 72° 19.961′ W. Marker is near South Strafford, Vermont, in Orange County. Marker is on Mine Road 0.1 miles north of Copperas Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Strafford VT 05070, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Furnace Flat (approx. ¾ mile away); Justin Smith Morrill / Morrill Homestead (approx. 3½ miles away); Strafford Village (approx. 3.6 miles away); Strafford (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old City and Old City Falls (approx. 4.4 miles away); First Public Grammar School (approx. 7.7 miles away); Alden Partridge (approx. 7.8 miles away); Town of Norwich (approx. 7.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. South Strafford's Elizabeth Copper Mine - Vermont Historical Society. The Elizabeth Copper Mine in South Strafford, Vermont, has an interesting history, from the initial discovery of its sulphide ore body in 1793 through its final closing in 1958. (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Site Fact Sheet for the EPA New England Superfund site Elizabeth Mine. The Elizabeth Mine is an abandoned copper mine located on Mine Road in the Village of South Strafford within the Town of Strafford, Orange County, Vermont. The Elizabeth Mine site is situated in a rural setting, on the east side of Copperas Hill. Topography of the area consists of north-south trending hills and valleys. Woodlands (Submitted on May 1, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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