Slate Pencil Manufacturing Historical

Slate Pencil Manufacturing Historical (HM1U00)

Location: Castleton, VT 05735 Rutland County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 39.767', W 73° 11.18'

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In 1843, John Cain erected a slate pencil mill along Sucker Brook. Benjamin and James Adams bought the mill in 1853, and began mass-producing slate pencils as the Adams Manufacturing Co. Soon, after acquiring more land and business partners, the company was renamed Vermont Slate and Alum. At its peak, the company produced up to 100,000 pencils a day, which were shipped throughout the world. By the end of the Civil War, slate pencil manufacturing began to wane as wood and graphite pencils took over the marketplace. The company ceased production following a devastating fire in 1876 and foreclosed two years later. Remnants of the pencil mill can be seen along the brook from Pencil Mill Road.
HM NumberHM1U00
Year Placed2016
Placed ByVermont Division for Historic Preservation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 646231 N 4836018
Decimal Degrees43.66278333, -73.18633333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 39.767', W 73° 11.18'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 39' 46.02" N, 73° 11' 10.8" W
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Area Code(s)802
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-8 Pencil Mill Rd, Castleton VT 05735, US
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