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Westhampton Historical Society hosts talk on Loudville lead mines

The Westhampton Historical Society is hosting a free event Friday on the history of the Loudville lead mines.

Wayne Perrea, a Loudville native, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Westhampton Public Library on the history and geology of local mine operations in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Barbara Pelissier, president of the historical society, said Perrea will also share some of the “voluminous” materials he has amassed while researching the mines, which were located in Loudville, a village straddling the Easthampton-Westhampton town line.

Maps, sketches and other documents will be on display, Pelissier said. In addition, Perrea will discuss “the different methods to extract lead and silver and some of the challenges they faced at such a remote site.”

According to mindat.org, an online mineralogy reference site, lead was first discovered in the area by Robert Lyman of Hartford, Conn., in the late 1670s.

A mining company was formed in Northampton and mining operations were launched at the Manhan Mines in 1679. Mining in Loudville continued through the 1860s, according to the site, with one interruption in 1775 during the Revolutionary War.

Refreshments will be served at Friday’s event. For details, call the library at 527-5386.


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