Pot Kiln

Photographed November 4, 2014
Erected by Harrington Beach State Park
Belgium, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
 (A) 43.497424,-87.810904
(entrance to Harrington Beach State Park)
(B) 43.496702,-87.794688
(park at the Welcome Center)
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Pot Kiln
The round structure on the hill is a pot kiln where settlers burned limestone in the late 1800s. This burning changed raw limestone into lime for use as mortar to build fireplaces and fill chinks in log houses and to apply to farm fields as crop fertilizer.

During firing, a limestone arch covered the kiln and cords of hardwood burned underneath for 48 hours. As the temperature climbed to approximately 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, carbon dioxide escaped leaving lime behind. The kiln then cooled for another 48 hours.

Take a look! Lime from the last firing is still on the bottom. Notice how the kiln walls have melted due to intense heat.
The marker is located deep inside Harrington Beach State Park. Use the above GPS coordinates to (A) arrive at the park entrance, (B) park your vehicle at the Welcome Center, and begin the 18-marker journey through the park, to the shores of Lake Michigan, and around Quarry Lake. The address to the entrance to Harrington State Beach Park is 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004.

NOTE: You will need a Wisconsin State Park annual pass or day pass to access the marker; the marker is inside a fee-to-enter area.

 


The marker is No. 2 on the Harrington Beach State Park "Stonehaven" Historic Trail.






 Access to the markers begins near the Welcome Center.

The markers are along the scenic trail, which begins
adjacent to the parking lot for the Welcome Center.


Go past this gate to access the markers.

 There is plenty of parking adjacent to the Welcome Center.


The marker is located at Harrington Beach State Park.

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