If you are heading to Nelsonville, Hocking Hills or Athens and you have some time to kill and a passion for brick making history, I’d suggest you block out some time to visit Nelsonville Brick Park. Located just west of downtown Nelsonville on SR 278 / Lake Hope Road, the old brick kilns on this park date back to 1880. The park was dedicated in 1980, in an effort to preserve these kilns from the era of “big bricks” in the region.

The area is paved with Nelsonville Block and Star Pavers. There are also piles of bricks – mostly Nelsonville and Hallwood Blocks strung along the borders of the park. The ground is paved with Nelsonville Block but much of it has been overgrown with grass during the last three decades. At least one of the kilns has collapsed but what is left give you a sense of the size and scope of brick making in the area. This was just one of over a dozen plants in the area.

I have linked some sites with additional information below.

onebrickshyinohio.blogspot.com/2009/04/nelsonvilles-brick-kiln-park.html

www.ohgen.net/ohathens/hocking_valley_brick_industry.htm

www.ohioexploration.com/nelsonvillebrick.htm

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