- June 30, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
June 30, 2018
Pierre Lacombe – A History of the Local Brick Yards
$7.00; $6.00 for Museum Members
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.
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 ½ 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.
About Mr. Lacombe:
Recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, Pierre Lacombe lives in Florence Township with his wife Kathy. During his 40-year career as a geologist, he has published extensively on groundwater supplies of New Jersey and other geologic issues. During his retirement he continues field investigations of the local geology and its impact and influence on NJ communities.
This presentation is appropriate for all ages, and will take place inside the Roebling Museum’s Media Room. It is part of the museum’s monthly Saturday Lecture Series.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended. If you do not wish to purchase your ticket on-line, please call the museum at 609/499-7200 to reserve your seat.