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Jamieson Lime Kiln. Grant
Take Foresters Falls road east out of the village
until you come to the first intersection.
Turn North onto the Grant Settlement Road and proceed 1.2k
until you cross the bridge over McNaughton's Creek. Proceed another .2k up the
hill. Immediately past the private residence on the left You will see the three
cuts in the rock that indicate where the site was. This private property
belongs to the residence.
William Jamieson who owned the lime kiln was a man held in
high esteem in Ross Township. He was comparatively wealthy and always held some
Lime was an important item in the building trades as it was
used in every type of mortar for brick and stone wall construction. Mr.
Jamieson marketed his lime through a Pembroke concern. Mr. Jamieson hauled the
lime to Pembroke with a tandem team of Clydesdales and a huge wagon filled with
lime and sometimes a trailer wagon with a second load.
Rarely did William Jamieson drive his wagons of lime to
Pembroke himself, but when he did, his grooming was faultless as though he were
going to church. His beard was always neatly trimmed; he wore cut-a-way or
frock coat over black and gray-striped pants and always a gray derby hat He
invariably wore tan leather gloves when driving, and a tan duster over his suit
Often in the early morning before dawn the people in
Forester's Falls would feel the earth shaking from the blasts set off at the
Jamieson lime-rock mountain. The hill was at the edge of the Grant s settlement
road and the blasting was accomplished early to avoid interference with daytime
traffic. Into the kilns were dumped huge chunks of lime stone to be burned to
white heat by wood fires
The Jamieson home was half a mile further up the road and
right on top of the hill, with a wonderful view of the valley below through
which McNaughton creek flowed after taking its tumble over the rock s at
Forester's Falls. The Jamiesons had a large home surrounded by shade trees and
an attractive flower garden, in summer that garden was filled with blooms of
The Jamieson family was talented, happy and popular. There
were three girls, all finished musicians. Marion was the gay one, the life of
the party wherever she went an accomplished violinist who also played the piano
and harp. She liked to play her violin for home-party square dances and sing
the old Scots songs so popular with the old country folk.
There were two Jamieson boys, Harry and John. Harry married
a neighbour girl and lived on a farm across the road from the old homestead.
John took over his father's farm and business and followed in his father's
footsteps politically too. He was county treasurer at the time of his sudden
death. John married Annie Blakely, daughter of the Rev. M.D.M. Blakely.
From the Memoirs of John McLaren McLeese
The firing or burning of limestone was an important
requirement for chinking and masonry mortar, plaster, and whitewash as soon as
improved housing replaced the simple huts of the first pioneers. Methods of
burning limestone were minor variations of first
breaking the limestone into coarse gravel sizes, usually by
sledgehammer, and then layering this material with dry hardwood to fuel the
fire, which could not be allowed to die down for as long as twelve days at a
stretch. As the lime melted and combined with ash, it was removed from the
bottom and additional layers were added at the top. Circular liners of stone,
and later cast iron, contained heat and protected the melting lime from
contaminants. Adhesive capability of the mortar was resultant from such
variables as experience of operators, type and size of limestone chunks,
quality of fuel, kiln design, and potency of refreshments occasionally deemed
requisite to a task of this nature.
Many of these important installations endure in good repair
near limestone outcroppings throughout this area. Obscured by undergrowth and
obsolete by modern standards, they provide an intriguing perspective of