Lime Kiln History

The Door County Historical Society hosts its Saturday afternoon yesteryear program “Lime Kilns of Door County,” presented by Don Rudolph on Sept. 29, 1 pm in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek.

Door County Historical Society Member Don Rudolph will explain the lime making process, show a short video of a kiln fired and burning limestone, help us learn how to identify former lime kilns, and show the locations of known lime kiln sites throughout the county.

Rudolph’s interest in lime kilns began many years ago when he was helping a neighbor farmer log some cedar. They continually passed by a strange looking pile of rocks that aroused his curiosity. The farmer explained that at one time the piles of rocks were a working lime kiln. Since then Rudolph has been on a quest to find all of Door County’s lime kilns.

The Collins Learning Center is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. This program does not have an admission fee, but a free will offering is taken to support the Heritage Village at Big Creek. The Village is open for self-guided tours prior to the presentation beginning at 10 am and after the presentation until 3 pm. The adult admission fee is $6.50. A donation is requested in lieu of a children’s admission fee. For information call 920.421.2332 or email [email protected]

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