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Roebling Museum Saturday Lecture Series: The Bricks of Roebling (June 30)

Stacks of NJ Bricks

The Roebling Museum is proud to present another installment of its monthly, Saturday Lecture Series. On Saturday, June 30 at 1pm, retired geologist Pierre Lacombe will discuss the millions and millions of red bricks used to build both the Roebling Mill and the Roebling village.

Brick homes of Reobling, NJ


Washington Roebling, member of the NJ Geological Survey Board of Directors in the early 1900s was instrumental in publication of the 1904 scientific report on the clay industry of New Jersey. During 1905-15, JAR Sons Co. constructed 100s of brick homes, shops and community buildings to convert farm fields near Kinkora railroad station to the factory town of Roebling. Local laborers dug clay, sand and marl from the banks of the Delaware River, mixed the sediments and extruded the soft mixture from brick making machines in open-air brick yards. Stacked and fired in kilns, millions of new bricks were carted as little as 1/2 a mile to the empty farm fields. Today, small and palatial brick homes, churches, schools and shops stand as testament to early mining, manual labor and industrialization of the banks of the Delaware River.

Join geologist Pierre Lacombe as he discusses the millions and millions of red bricks used to build both the Roebling Mill and the Roebling Village. Lacombe will cover the various brick patterns exposed on buildings in Roebling and will contrast early machine-made brick surfaces of Roebling with hand-made bricks found in pre-1850s buildings of Bordentown and Burlington. He will show 1904 photographs of mining, brick forming, drying and kiln operations in local brick yards and will talk about conditions that created the local geologic environment ripe for brick-making