The Great Hudson River Brick Industry: Commemorating Three and a Half Centuries of Brickmaking
At the beginning of the twentieth century, brick manufacturing was the dominate industry in the Hudson Valley. One hundred and thirty brickyards employed seven to eight thousand workers. It was the largest brick-making region in the world, supplying vast amounts of this most essential building material to the fastest growing city in the world. Spanning three and a half centuries, this industry ceased to exist in 2002. This is the definitive history of this important industry.