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Smith Lime KilnSmith Lime Kiln

A long-abandoned lime kiln, looking very much like a large stone chimney, stands along the River Road 3 miles northwest of Fairbury. The stone house was built in 1872 by Woral C. Smith.

For a period of a least 20 years, the Smith Lime Kiln was the sight of a lime-burning operation where limestone was heated to a temperature around 900°, or "calcinized," until it became lime. At that time, lime was used mainly as mortar or plaster for housing foundations. It was sold locally and also shipped out of the county in barrels.

The kiln operator, Woral C. Smith, used some of his own product in building the stone home a short distance from the kiln. The old kiln and home are now property of the Jefferson County Historical Socety, and are listed in the National Register of Histioric Places.

The house features a display that explains the lime-burning industry and visitors can stroll a short distance to the kiln. It is the only kiln that is still intact in Jefferson county.

The Smith Lime Kiln is open Sundays from 2-4 pm Memorial Day to Labor Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Email inquiries to fairburyridepot@windstream.net or call (402) 729-5131

 
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