Limestone County Historical Commission
Limestone County Historical Commission

Limestone County Heritage Symposium

On April 21, the Limestone Historical Commission hosted a symposium, which featured a presentation on late nineteenth-century pottery kilns that were located in Limestone County and a workshop to assist individuals with completing First Families of Limestone County applications.

David Sherman, Meg Cruse, and Andrea Burden, archeologists with Blanton & Associates of Austin, gave a most interesting presentation on the Lee Kimk Kiln and the 41LT441 site, which are located within the Kosse Mine. 


The Kimik Kiln site received state recognition with an official Texas Historical Marker authorized by the Texas historical Commission in 2014.  Arceological excavations at 41LT441 began in 2017 and have resulted in a recommendation that the site is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  Both sites feature ground-hog style pottery kilns and hundreds of artifacts including a wide variety of stoneware vessel forms and glazes suggesting experimentation in the use of local ingrdients, responses to market demand, or both.  Although many of these wares were likely sold locally, access to nearby railroad hubs could have distributed the wares as far as Austin or Dallas.  

Model of the 41LT441 Kiln.
Some of the artifacts from 41LT441.

During the First Families workshop, Linda Jordan (on right) gives advice on completing a First Families application. 

Current Projects of the Limestone CHC

Brinkley Davis House


The Limestone CHC has initiated a project to save a local pioneer home...



Footprints of Times Past


An oral history project to document the vanishing communities of Limestone Co...



Limestone County Cemetery Preservaion


Limestone County cemeteries are important to our heritage and must be protected.


First Families of Limestone County


Early settlers of Limestone County can be honored as First Families of Limestone County.


Next Meeting


County Courtroom


August 7, 2018

6:00 pm


The stabilization project of the Yell Cabin at Old Fort Parker received an Honor Award from Preservation Texas on February 27, 2018. Click below to view a time lapse video of the work.
The Footprints of Times Past exhibit is now on display at the Limestone County Courthouse.
The Limestone CHC receives Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission.

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