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Marble in Washington County (from Scharf, 1882)

From J. Thomas Sharf Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


... In the neighborhood of Keedysville many varieties of stone suitable for industrial purposes are quarried. About one-half mile south of this place a species of fine-grained calcareous rock, white or yellowish in color, marked with wavy lines and zigzag streaks of brown or black, is extensively quarried, sawed into blocks, and dressed. It is a most novel variety, is easily worked, takes a good surface, and may be taken out in thick slabs of immense size. The ledges, angular hills, and masses of limestone rock, particularly in this part of the valley, are so striking as to arrest the attention, and give a highly picturesque effect to the landscape. A white, coarse-grained, distinctly crystalline limestone also occurs in this vicinity. It is really a hard marble, and is said to take a good polish. South of Boonsboro a fine variety of this white marble abounds, which is remarkably free from impurities and foreign elements. It equals the Tuscan statuary marble in purity of color and evenness of texture, while it takes a fine polish, and readily admits the chisel of the sculptor. As these latter rocks have not yet been sufficiently developed, it will be necessary to penetrate deeper into their mass to reach the large blocks best adapted for fine monuments and sculpture. The auroral blue limestone, which forms the underlying bed of nearly the whole valley, the chief exceptions being the slates of the Conococheague belt and of the base of the Elk Ridge and South Mountain, belongs to the most extensive formation of this rock in North America...

History of Western Maryland - Volume I, by J. Thomas Scharf, Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1882; pages 33-34.


J. Thomas Scharf


Collection Location:
Hagerstown, Md.

Publisher: Louis H. Everts.

Quarries and quarrying, Maryland; Marble, Maryland; Washington County (Md.), history

Washington County (Md.), 1900-1950

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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