Billmeyer Quarry History
This page presents a small, loose-bound booklet, "Words and Works", which
offers a little insight into the Billmeyer quarry history.
The booklet begins on page 69 and ends on page 90; I know not where the original
book is or why only this section was copied and shared with Bainbridge Scuba
Center but it is interesting background nonetheless. Enjoy...
- 1846-1869 - The Billmeyer plant at Bainbridge was opened and operated
originally by John Haldeman.
1870-1880 - The operation was leased to Kerr, Cook and Company.
Caldwell and Haldeman, operated by Walter Haldeman came next.
Operation then leased by Engle and Erb.
1894 - John E. Baker assumed the Engle and Erb lease.
1896 - John E. Baker and George Billmeyer purchased the Haldeman Farm, all
kilns and quarry included.
1954 - Kilns idle, operation for surplus only to Ohio and York kiln plants;
essentially ceased operation.
1981 - Bainbridge Scuba Center opens.
2006 - December; BSC celebrates 25 years in operation. Congratulations
The Haldeman Mansion in Bainbridge, PA, completed in 1812, remains preserved
on Locust Grove Rd.
From reading and research, it appears that John Haldeman was the builder of the
and grandfather to Professor John Steman Haldeman (1812-1880).
Read more Haldeman Mansion history
Photo credit - Allen Kenyon
Click here to
open the "Words and Works" pdf file...please be patient...it is a large, scanned file...