Lime Rock, CT history
Lime Rock: the historic capital of the iron
industry in Connecticut
Why are we interested in Lime Rock?
We're currently the Historian of
Trinity Church in
Lime Rock. We're active in the
Friends of Beckley
Furnace, a historical preservation group that is interested in the
Barnum and Richardson Company, once headquartered in Lime Rock. And,
we've conducted heritage walks in Lime Rock a few years ago and in 2008 for the
What unusual opportunity did Lime Rock present?
for the answer!
Why do a heritage walk of Lime
Rock? What's so special about Lime Rock?
for the answer!
People make history. Were there any famous people in
for the answer!
Looking for a plot map of
Lime Rock Cemetery? Please
click here to learn more.
More from the collections of Between the Lakes
We've photographed quite a few of the
the Lime Rock Cemetery and we've got pictures! We're planning to
photograph more and make them available here too. Let us know if you are
interested in a particular family or surname, and we'll see if we can find
it! There are some different gravestones pictured
on the CD-ROM, too.
(For other material about the Town of
Salisbury -- in which Lime Rock is located -- see our
Lure of the Litchfield Hills - Volume III, no. 2, August 1931.
This issue notably included a lengthy article
about Lime Rock (in its days as an artistsí colony). See our
Litchfield County page for more
Early Iron Industry of Connecticut.
We're happy to offer two articles by one of the earlier researchers of this
subject in one download. Yes, there's material about Lime Rock in it!
See our Iron page for more
We're happy to
provide for your reading pleasure an article from 1905 about Lime Rock and
its history that was written by the then-Rector of Trinity Church.
It's well worth reading and contains insights about the community that we've
not seen elsewhere. Read the 1905
Gesner article about
Lime Rock -- it's a free download!
The White Oak for 1954,
yearbook of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village.
Includes Lime Rock. See our Litchfield County
page for more information.
...about our Lime Rock History Walk CD-ROM...
Usually we create a CD-ROM in order to re-publish a
major book of local history, genealogy, or Americana.
We've broken with tradition on this one. Although
we are including one local history pamphlet on this CD, it's only a small
part of the CD.
Just as we were delighted to support the
Valley National Heritage Area (UHVNHA) by leading a heritage walk, we were fortunate
to gain the sponsorship of Trinity Church
in Lime Rock for the walk itself. They generously gave us free run of
their spectacular (for a country parish church) facilities. And, we were extremely happy to gain the active
support of Lime Rock Park.
That world-famous Lime Rock institution even provided a speaker, Ev Gamble,
a track historian whose background goes back to the track's very beginnings.
Here's what the official brochure about the 48 separate walks
sponsored that weekend said about our walk:
Over the centuries, Lime Rock has achieved more
name recognition on a national level than any other Northwest Corner
village, and for many good reasons. This walk will highlight some of
them. Lime Rock was the headquarters and company town of Barnum
Richardson Co., the preeminent manufacturer of railroad wheels, and the
home of US Senator and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
William H. Barnum, at that time the wealthiest man in northwestern
Connecticut. Walk participants will view sites of the "Golden Rod
Cycle Track, " Lime Rock Cemetery, Lime Rock Park, the Lime Rock Casino,
stores and hotel, among many others.
To accommodate those who were not physically ready
for the hike itself, we also held two indoor activities that day.
- A showing of "Lime Rock Park: The
of Racing" (this PBS video was nominated for 3 EMMY awards!).
hour-long slide show of Lime Rock history that we
The slide show covers the same material the walk did, but it also includes
much additional information and many additional sights.
By popular demand, the showings of both the video
and the slide show were repeated after the walkers returned from their trek.
We decided not to limit the CD to just the Lime Rock
history walk slide show. We
supplemented the 130-slide slide show with:
- A scanned 1949 History of Trinity Church, Lime
Rock (we also indexed this -- you'll find the names that appear in that
pamphlet further down this page). (If you're interested in
historic Litchfield County churches, be sure to also consider our
republication of Clergy of Litchfield
Selected references for further study and
exploration of historic Lime Rock.
A separate section of old photographs and maps.
(Many of these also appear in the slideshow, but we are sure that many
people will be interested in looking more closely at these than the slide
show format permits.)
The price of this CD is just $12.50.
How to order:
Lime Rock: an Illustrated Walking Tour CD-ROM (ISBN
0-9727403-7-6) is available at a reduced price of $12.50.
orders shipped to Connecticut (where Between the Lakes Group is located),
please add 6.5% sales tax.
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We've also set up an e-mail discussion group
about the history of Lime Rock.
It's easy to join. Just send an e-mail to
It's free, and it's open to discussion of any aspect of the history of
More about Historic Lime Rock:
Here's a recent brochure we produced for
Trinity Church in Lime Rock --
it's a self-guided tour of that historic church with
a distinctly historical perspective.
to view it on
Trinity Lime Rock's website. But don't forget to come back!
Here's one of our favorite views of
Lime Rock, circa 1908:
Here's a super view of Lime Rock, taken from what must have been an
cleared overlook above the Barnum and
Richardson houses at
the foot of what is now White Hollow Road (but then was Barnum Avenue).
That peak is fully forested today, and we doubt a clear view could be found.
Furthermore, the tree growth in Lime Rock itself would make most of the
landmarks here invisible in today's photo.
You can see where Lime Rock Park now is (the right hand portion of the picture,
opposite Trinity Church), the meanders of the Salmon Kill (lower right
corner), several of the company houses (note especially the cluster in
the center of
the photo), Charles Barnum's splendid "Hepzivalla" (to the left of center of
the photo), but, unfortunately, nothing of
downtown Lime Rock or the Barnum Richardson factory buildings (all out of
the photo at the bottom). Lime Rock Park, of course would be on the
right hand edge of the picture.
More about the Lime Rock CD-ROM:
You may be wondering if a particular name you're
looking for appears in the brief History of Trinity Church we included
on the CD. We have indexed both names and places for this
republication, and the new index is also on the CD.
Below is an extract of names from that index so you
can check before buying to see if a particular name you're interested in is
Barnum, C. W.
Barnum, J. H.
William H., Mrs.
Frank H., Rev.
Clark, A. S.,
Henry C., Mrs.
George William, Rev.
William A., Rev.
Levi, J. T.
McNeil, N. A.
Richard F., Rev.
Milo B., Sr.
Harold B., Rev.
Stern, G. I.
William B., Rev.
Milledge Pendril, Rev.
--Delegates' Reports: CT Board of Agriculture
(1869) -- The report from the
Litchfield County delegate begins on page 21 of this document. See our
Connecticut miscellany page for more information.
Some Lime Rock exhibitors did especially well in an agricultural exposition held
in Falls Village that is reported in this article.
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