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Springfield receives grant for limekiln

BARRIE-JOHN MURPHY



Renovation work on the 19th-century structure will begin in the spring.

Springfield’s Park and Recreation board has been awarded an additional grant to cover the cost of fully restoring a limekiln in time for the township’s 275th anniversary this year.

Supervisors Chairman Dave Long announced a donation of $5,000 from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation at the Feb. 27 meeting.

After funding the initial phase of the project, township supervisors have urged the organization to acquire as many grants as it can. “I would be hesitant to spend $25,000 of our own money,” Supervisor Robert Zisko told Park and Recreation Secretary Frank Hollenbach last fall. “The more you can get, the more appealing it becomes.”

Before the donation, the Park and Recreation board had so far secured grants totaling $5,200. “We’re doing the best we can,” Hollenbach said in an interview. “In the end, it will cost the township something.”

The first part of the project, which involved surveying the site and clearing vegetation, removing a tree above the entrance, has been completed, and masonry work on the structure will commence in the spring. A 4-foot-high fence will be erected along the top of the structure to prevent visitors from jumping down.

The kiln, marooned in a modern housing development on Woodbyne Road, first appeared on township maps in 1876. Dense wooded hillsides and dedicated villagers kept the fires going, and it is thought the limestone may have come from nearby Funks Mill Road.

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