2011-08-25 / Local & State

Jail Bricks Being Made By Hand


An employee at Redland Brick in Williamsport, Md., makes individual bricks in molds to cover the exterior of the 1851 jail building in McConnellsburg. An employee at Redland Brick in Williamsport, Md., makes individual bricks in molds to cover the exterior of the 1851 jail building in McConnellsburg. As a community project, the Fulton County Historical Society has contracted with Redland Brick of Williamsport for handmade bricks to cover the historic Fulton County Jail building.

The bricks are currently being made in wooden molds, then fired and dried in a process covering about two weeks. In a unique system called Tru- Brix, the bricks then go through a cutting machine to make a one-inch thick brick cut from both faces. The bricks will not fade or lose their original texture and their appearance is similar to ones made in the 19th century.

Through cash donations and a benefit auction, the Historical Society has received funds to cover 40 percent of the cost to date. Additional financial contributions to help with the exterior renovation may be mailed to the society at Box 115, Mc- Connellsburg, PA 17233.

The building is listed as a contributing structure in the McConnellsburg Historic District and was built with private funds when Fulton County was established in 1850. It will continue to be used as a public building for Fulton County.

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