Photo of the Thornton Limekiln soon after it was restored in 1976. Photo from Bicentenial Tour 1976 Page 29 A Project of the Class of 1979 Sodus Central School. Under the Direction of David E. Cooper English Department. Published by Urban/Rural School Development Program
The following information is from Steve Heald
Located at the corner of South Geneva Road and Lime Kiln Road in South Sodus. (No longer exists)
The Thornton’s lime kiln was on the corner of South Geneva Road and Lime Kiln Road in South Sodus. Built in the mid-1800’s, it was removed when the intersection was redesigned about 2010. The most common by product of burning lime was quicklime, which was used to make plaster and mortar for building construction. It was also used in the pickling process for food, and by spreading it on soil to reduce the acidity and increase alkalinity. It also permits improved water penetration for acidic soils. Quicklime was a necessity in the maintenance of the “privy”, and the local undertaker made use of it in burials. In order to produce the quicklime, the stone was brought from the nearby quarries or outcropping. Logs were harvested year ‘round for the fire needed to heat the kiln to very high temperatures. The limestone was crushed into 1 inch to 2 1/2 inch chunks and was poured into the opening from above in successive layers of stone and wood. When loading was complete, the kiln was ignited at the bottom, and the fire gradually spread upwards through the charge. When burnt through, the lime was cooled and raked out through the base. Typically the kiln took a day to load, three days to fire, two days to cool, and a day to unload, resulting in a one-week turnaround.
A special Thanks to Bette Bugni for supplying the following info.
The attached 2 part info is from—-
Welcome to Sodus Local Studies Folder by Judith R. Davis 1986
title—Landmarks and Traditions of Sodus
Limekiln both photos by B. Huff
The Welcome to Sodus information is in a folder in the Ruth Mills room at Sodus Community Library.
Regrettably after the Limekiln was restored in 1976, it was torn down around 2010 to make room for a road.
The following photo and information is from the 1979 book: “Wayne County: The Aesthetic Heritage of a Rural Area” by Stephen W. Jacobs with Photographs by David Plowden. Permission courtesy of the Wayne County Historical Society.