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Roads | Limekiln Pike

Limekiln Pike

Limekiln Pike was dedicated in 1737. Its present course was laid out in 1855, when the road was moved about one-fourth mile to the west at the upper end of the township.

Thomas Fitzwater sailed from England with William Penn on the Welcome and was grantedd 1000 acres in what is now Upper Dublin. Fitzwater later added to these holdings.

Fitzwater’s rich limestone deposits became one of the most important area sources for limestone (the others located in Lower Merion) and led to construction of the first road “into the wilderness” from Philadelphia. Ordered by William Penn, the road began at the Port of Philadelphia and terminated at a Fitzwater limekiln. This road, then and today, was known as Limekiln Pike. According to Suzanne Hilton, author of Yesterday’s People: The Upper Dublin Story (1975) some of the limestone from these quarries traveled along Limekiln Pike for use in building Independence Hall (built 1732-1753). The inn along Limekiln Pike, she wrote, “served the needs of mule cart drivers carrying lime from Fitzwater’s kiln to Philadelphia for the making of bricks eagerly sought by the Colonists for the building of dwellings.” {53}

The Limekiln Pike Turnpike Company was formed in 1850 to improve the road. Tolls were collected until 1917{ 54 p11}. The image above is an original watercolor by Leon Clemmer of the tollhouse still standing at Limekiln and McKean Roads in Horsham.

Read more about Fitzwater and his limekilns.




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