The Fountain Rock battery of lime kilns were built around 1872 by hand. Its battery was built into the side of a hill to create silos and hearths to burn limestone that was being quarried out of the nearby limestone quarry. Many people owned and operated the quarry in its day.
Six remaining kilns stand 20 feet tall, overlooking a water-filled quarry and boardwalk, which beautifully blend into and support the hidden habitat within the park.
Over time, moisture has deteriorated and damaged the stone craftsmanship on the inner hearths and repair is necessary to restore the kilns. With your help the repairs can be made.
If you are interested in making a donation, please call 301-600-6816.
Thank you for your support!
Lime Kiln History
Procedure for Quarrying Stone
Tucked away, west of Walkersville, is the beautiful 22.5 acre Fountain
Rock Park. It contains one of Maryland's strongest springs, from which
3.25 million gallons of water may flow per day.
A historic battery of lime kilns stands prominently in the park since undergoing extensive stabilization over the winter of 1995. Six remaining kilns stand 20 feet tall and were built around 1872. The kilns overlook a water-filled quarry and boardwalk which beautifully blend into and support the hidden habitat within the park.