The lime kiln located at the roadside park on RR165, approximately 8 miles east of Blanco, Texas, has been a part of Peyton Colony ever since the 1860s. Peyton Colony was a freedmen’s community established in the 1860s under the leadership of former slave Peyton Roberts. In addition to homes, the community included a local school and Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. The lime kiln was used for making mortar to build houses throughout Blanco County. It is on the trail of historical markers coming through Texas, and the historical marker has been stolen two or three times. It is currently missing.
This lime kiln was built by Peyton Roberts and his neighbors to provide high quality materials with which to make mortar for buildings that are still standing in Blanco County. The kiln was restored in the 1960s by the Blanco Lions Club in conjunction with the construction of the roadside park at the site. The roadside park has been closed and is currently barricaded so we can’t drive up there to see it anymore. Is there something we can do to encourage the State of Texas to remove the barricades? It stands as a reminder of the efforts of ex-slaves to begin new lives. It used to be a nice place for weary travelers to rest with a neat part of history to learn about.