Abandoned lime kiln, Johnsonburg Swamp Preserve, Warren County.


Many years ago, farmers took advantage of the area's limestone-rich soil by burning the limestone in the kilns and spreading the ash, or quicklime, as fertilizer. Machines have long since replaced lime kilns; however, many of these relics survive in the dense forests that have reclaimed much of the farmland.


The Nature Conservancy owns and manages the preserve.

  • Eric Yeadon PRO 8y

    oh wow what an interesting find.
  • Graniers 8y

    this kind of archeology and your info, I love this
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  • Graniers 8y

    whats frelinghuisen?
  • (Gary) 8y

    This is fabulous!
  • WillCalder 8y

    Superb Color and Detail

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  • weshallmeetonthebeautifulshore 8y

    I love the triangular shape, the collection of mossy boulders in front of it, all the green. Another beautiful image, N.
  • Aaron of NEPA 8y

    Wonderful comp, Nicholas.
    Thanks for sharing that bit of history...

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  • Taupe-iary 8y

    Quite interesting
  • Craig PRO 8y

    Beautiful old site....well taken!
  • Nicholas A. Tonelli PRO 8y

    Thanks, everyone. Patrick: Frelinghuysen is the township where the preserve is located.
  • Paul PRO 1y

    We have a fair few of those still lurking in semi obscurity around here(Northern Ireland). Yours has been built by someone who did not know how to make a strong arch, or where in a hurry.......
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Taken on June 3, 2007
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