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.