December's history blog is about the brick industry of Rockland County. At one time, Haverstraw was one of the greatest brickmaking centers in the East with the entire river front from Haverstraw to Grassy Point dotted with brick yards. In its height, there were 38 yards producing 326,000,000 bricks annually. "For a century and a half" wrote G. Wilson Bartine in the Journal News, "Haverstraw's terrain was cut and slashed and pitted with yawning holes to furnish clay for the manufacturing of bricks, which were then sent up and down the Atlantic seaboard.
Try to imagine the terrain as the rolling hills and level plains were replaced with deep water-filled holes, some of them many acres in extent. The trivia question is:
When did brick making begin in Rockland County?
a)1770's b)Early 1810's c. Mid -1830's
Tune in next week for the answer. For futher informatio the Rockland Room has several books on brick making and there is a short concise history in
Now and Then and Long Ago by Cornelia Bedell. Happy guessing!