It’s time to fire the hand-molded bricks that are used throughout the Historic Area.
From Nov. 19-23, the brickmakers will be at work at the kilns from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Here’s a preview.
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The kiln is essentially an oven, about 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide, with six tunnels across the bottom. That’s where fires are started to produce the extreme heat needed to bake the bricks.
The bricks, essentially mud and clay, are made at Colonial Williamsburg and placed in the kiln. Wood fires are started at both ends of each tunnel.
The kiln fires require stoking for five days to push the kiln’s internal temperatures to nearly 2,000° Fahrenheit.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Check the Trading Secrets blog about this year’s event, which is the largest brick firing Colonial Williamsburg has ever done.
The Brick Yard is located down the hill from Nicholson Street, between the Cabinet Maker and the Peyton Randolph House. It has been at its current location since 1998, although Colonial Williamsburg has had a Brick Yard since 1988.