Godey’s Lime Kilns - Washington, D.C.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
N 38° 54.210 W 077° 03.371
18S E 321701 N 4308077
Quick Description: Located at the interchange of Rock Creek Parkway and Whitehurst Freeway.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 5/31/2021 5:17:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM14ATH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 1

Long Description:

Note: If you do visit the actual site, be careful climbing around the kiln and avoid the potential homeless homestead near the top.

The Godey Lime Kilns were at one time situated at a key location (terminus of the C&O Canal), but time changes everything and now they sit unused in a hard to get to location. Two of the kilns were removed for the roadways but the other two survived.

Marker Text:

Godey's Lime Kilns 1833 - 1908 These kilns were used as late as 1908, supplying Washington with a fine grade of lime. The limestone was brought from quarried just beyond Seneca, Maryland over the C&O Canal.
United States Department of the Interior National Park Service

Following information taken from Wikipedia

The Godey Lime Kilns, also known as Washington Lime Kilns, are an historical industrial building ruin, located beside the interchange of Rock Creek Parkway and Whitehurst Freeway, near the western end of L Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

Located on the east bank of Rock Creek, at the terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, the kilns produced lime for construction of the city of Washington, D.C. Built in 1864, by William H. Godey, the site originally included four wood-fired ovens that were used to make lime and plaster, from limestone. The business was operational until 1907, when all of the wooden structures at the site were removed.

Two of the four kilns were removed to make way for ramps between Rock Creek Parkway and Whitehurst Freeway. A partial restoration of the remaining kilns was completed by January 1, 1967. The remains were added to the National Register of Historic Places, on May 22, 1973.

Type of Oven / Kiln: Lime / Limestone

Status: Historical Site

Operating Dates: 1833-1908

Website: [Web Link]

Additional Coordinate: Not Listed

Additional Coordinate Description: Not listed

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