The Mt. Holly Springs Brick & Clay Co.

This first photo is of the exterior of the ‘Holly Brickworks’ plant. Built sometime just prior to 1880, the owners and investors probably located here due to the abundance of white clay mined from the south mountain area.

The second photo is of a Coreless steam engine which provided power for the numerous machines used thru-out the facility.

The next three photos show various operations in the process of making bricks. This author cannot offer even a guess as to what processes are carried out in these shots.


I do feel confident in saying that the persons in these photos are not working. Making bricks is a dirty job and not done in suit and tie, nor are children this young allowed to work in the plant, not even in the 1880s.

Next you see rack upon rack of bricks possibly waiting to be inspected or loaded into a kiln to be dried. Followed by huge mountains of bricks stacked for drying and curing.


This was a clipping from the Mt Holly Echo from 1904. It states that an order was placed for 46,000 bricks for some houses being constructed in Harrisburg. An item of such interest nowadays would not have made it into our news papers, but in small town Mt. Holly, in 1904, it was a big deal.

Here are two examples of the bricks made at the ‘brickworks’ of Mount Holly Springs. Many of these brick were used right here in Mt. Holly. The older half of the funeral home at 501 Baltimore Ave. the large double wide home at 215-217 Baltimore Ave. the beautiful home at 429 Chestnut Street and the house right on the ‘square’ were all built using ‘Holly Bricks’. There are other smaller uses of these bricks I am sure. Nearly every other residence in the borough probably has a couple of these bricks in their garage or basement.

All photos of the Mt. Holly Springs Brick & Clay Co. were taken by John N. Choate between 1879 and his death in 1902.