M.J. Groves Lime Kiln Company

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M.J. Groves Lime Kiln Company

I bet it happens to you often. You just drive through a small historic town and admire the main street through town. You say to yourself that you’ll make it a point to come back and visit sometime and explore the area. Then it happens again and again. I’ve lived in the Shenandoah Valley for almost 18 years and I often drive through the small towns in the area on my way to another destination wishing that I could just explore the town a little more. I think to myself, “I wonder what I’d see if I turn left instead of right at the light?”

I knew about the lime kilns of Stephens City, but I had no idea where they were located. I asked around and found I needed to go beyond just driving down Main Street. I had to make a left instead of right at the light and I’m glad I did. I found the M.J. Grove Lime Works just beyond the railroad tracks outside of the town limits. I captured this image on my LG G6 (f/1.8, 1/333, 4.03mm, ISO 50). I plan on returning to the area and see what else I can find. After posting this image on Facebook, I did have a few people ask about the structure (the lime kilns). When time allows I’ll have to stop by the visitor’s center and do a little research.