Lime Kilns

There are four lime kilns in Houston County. Two were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004: Quarry Lime Kiln (off Hwy 49 1/4 mile East of Denmark Road) and the Twin Stacks (next to the Mason’s Lodge on McMillan Street). The other two lime kilns in Houston County are the Cook Hollow Lime Kiln (near Briarwood Road) and the Stewart Lime Kiln (located off Hwy 147 in Stewart). The lime kilns are of significance to Houston County because of their once importance to industry in this area and the Middle Tennessee region during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Historically the lime industry was the primary industry in Houston County and continued to dominate both economics and settlement patterns in the county until the decline of the industry in the 1940’s. The two lime kilns in Erin, the Quarry Lime Kiln (off Hwy 49 1/4 mile East of Denmark Road) and the Double Stack (next to the Mason’s Lodge on McMillan Street) are both listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The other two lime kilns in Houston County are the Cook Hollow Lime Kiln (near Briarwood Road) and the Stewart Lime Kiln (located off Hwy 147 in Stewart). The lime kilns are of significance to Houston County because of their once importance to industry in this area and the Middle Tennessee region during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Historically the lime industry was the primary industry in Houston County and continued to dominate both economics and settlement patterns in the county until the decline of the industry in the 1940’s.

Lime production began in the 1880s and continued until the 1940s. Today only remnants of Houston County's limestone industry exist, with the old quarry and cliff creating a scenic setting perfect for a picnic spot.

On the south side of Highway 49 are two large pyramidal stone structures, known as the Twin Limekilns, erected about 1871. By 1883, these two lime kilns were producing 60,000 barrels of lime per year and employing about 100 men. Lime production played a significant role in the early economy of Houston County.

About a block north is Quarry Limekiln, one of three lime kilns surviving in Erin. Houston County was a center for the production of lime, which was used in construction and for agricultural purposes. This kiln began operations about 1884 and was part of the largest lime operation in the county. At one point, the company employed 150 workers. The kiln continued in use until the 1930s.

 

Location

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Latitude: 36.315799 Longitude: -87.714466 Elevation: 489 ft
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Time Period Represented

Late 1800s and early 1900s.

Hours Open

Public place.

Visitor Fees

Free admission.

Seasons Open

Open year round.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Not ADA Accessbile but viewable from vehicle.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets welcome, but please pick up after your pet.

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