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April 14, 2011

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Charlie

Hi Dominique -

What a cool story. I really love old bricks. Their colors are warm, comforting and they are interesting to look at. Plus, in older cities like Detroit, they have so much history. Sometimes I see them poking through the asphalt on my travels and try to imagine how many workers it may have taken to lay them down. The same with our old, industrial buildings.

Thanks for posting this!

Charlie

Dominique King

Thanks, Charlie!
I can certainly understand the appeal of bricks for you.
I was fascinated with the bricks I saw at Ohio University in Athens when we first visited there, and I ran around taking photos of them. Then, I fortunately had a camera with me when we were wandering around that gazebo in Franklin, Michigan (looking for yet another geocache!). Now I'm always checking out old bricks to see if they might be from the Hocking Valley. I love seeing the different names on them, and I especially like the colors and textures of the older bricks on the Ohio campus.
I remember seeing some ads about the for the brick paving industry when I researched this story. The brick-making industry was so labor-intensive, I can only imagine how many workers it took to pave and entire street or neighborhood with bricks.

Debbe

I have found a large font Hocking Block Paver and was wondering if there is a site that sales them or can you get them anymore, I have read the information about the company. would like to have more of them.

Dominique King

Hi Debbe-

I'm not aware of any place personally where you can find the pavers, but I Googled the term "hocking brick paver" and saw a few places that offered vintage hocking brick pavers for sale. It looks like the price will depend on condition and availability, though.

Karen

My neighbor has several hundred (probably 200-400) Hocking Valley pavers they would like to sell. I don't know price, but if you are interested let me know and I will pass along your info. They live close to Dayton, Ohio. They want to sell all. Not a few at a time. They don't have internet access.

stevesrygley h

I have come across several hocking valley block pieces I think may be from Saginaw street in flint how do I check?

Dominique King

I don't collect or sell bricks, so my best suggestion, as it was when I answered this question a couple of years ago, is to Google the term "hocking brick paver". You'll still see some places that sell the pavers, and they may be able to help you in your search.

Marcy

How interesting! When we moved to the Athens area 20 years ago we bought an old farm house that the two tier patio is laid with Athens Block and Nelsonville Block. I'm getting ready to tear up the bricks and wondered what I might do with them, Now after reading the history, I've decided maybe we should keep them. How nice to read "the rest of the story".

Dominique King

Hi Marcy,

Sounds like you should keep your bricks to me! I love finding pieces of history and finding out how to use and re-use them to preserve them :) Good luck with re-purposing your bricks.

Elizabeth Lynch

Just took a tour of the Darwin Martin house in Buffalo, New York and were told the bricks were shipped from Ohio. The Martn House is a Frank Lloyd Wright! He used only the best materials so no surprise the bricks are from Ohio!

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