Hikers who explore the conservation trails in the pastoral village of Limehouse, situated off Hwy. 7, between Georgetown and Acton, wouldn’t recognize the bustling industry that was in full swing at the turn of the 20th century. Like many communities nestled along the Niagara Escarpment, Limehouse carved its beginnings from what nature provided. Limestone kilns, whose remains still stand in the conservation area, provided raw material for many structures that still function locally and nationally.
The mortar that fortifies Toronto’s Osgoode Hall, Old City Hall, as well as most Canadian universities and grand old hotels like the Royal York, are enduring reminders of the limestone industry thata saw mill, grist mill, and a paint factory surrounding the limestone works.
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