It appears that the oldest quarries in the U.S.A. are those at Peach Bottom on the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania. Two Welshmen, William and James Reese started quarrying here in 1734. But further documentary evidence of the early history of the industry is difficult to discover. Many Welsh quarrymen settled there with their families in 1848 and a year later formed a nondenominational Capel Bangor. After the Great Exhibition of 1851 many experts regarded Peach Bottom slate as the best in the world.Ref.[url]http://www.llechicymru.info/AmericanSlateAreas.english.htm[/url]
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