Lime Kiln

ward lime kiln plymouth vermontThe site of the Ward Lime Works in Plymouth, Vermont north of the village on the west side of VT Route 100. Though remote, the mountain town of Plymouth was found to have rich mineral resources; here crushed limestone was hand-charged and fired with charcoal to produce quicklime for mortar, iron ore smelting, and agriculture. The small hole at the base of the dry-laid stone wall was the eye of the furnace; it let air in to the bottom of the chamber after which the finished product and ash were shoveled out for the next loading.

The Wilder Barns

october plymouth vermont barnsA gray October dawns in the tiny village of Plymouth Notch, Vermont, birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. Nearly unchanged for a hundred years, the village’s historic center is owned and maintained by the State; I was the only one there that morning and it was a transformative experience.