The Old Brickyard

The Old Brickyard (HM2ARK)

Location: D'Iberville, MS 39540 Harrison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 25.686', W 88° 54.003'

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In 1721 the French colonial headquarters made its fourth move on
the Coast: Old Biloxi to New Biloxi with the intentions of building
a permanent fort of bricks. Abundant ideal brick clay, was discovered
here, the best of four resource sites. After starting production,
the fort was cancelled and the headquarters moved to the Mississippi
River-to become New Orleans. Bricks were in demand (the Ursuline
Nun's Convent is one of the structures). In 1726, under Captain
Joseph Moran, 400,000 bricks were produced at this yard. Blacks,
Indians, Croatians, Spaniards, Swiss, Austrians, Irish and English
eventually worked the yard. For two centuries the operations
changed ownership four times: First, Colin J. McRae. After his
death his partner and manager, another Joseph Moran, sold the
yard to Robert Kendall of New Orleans. (The original and extended
mineral rights were of land owned by McRae, Hanson and Alsbury.)
After a major fire halted operations in 1853, the Commercial Bank
of Natchez foreclosed and sold the brickyard (one story dwelling,
kitchen, Negro and Indian cabins, brickyard and shed) to James
Robb for $25,000. The yard resumed operations as the Imperial
Brickyard until 1908. It never reopened. Evidence of the old
brickyard is quite visible today.
Historical Period18th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Year Placed2017
Placed ByThe D'Iberville Historical Society, City of D'Iberville and Dale Greenwell
Marker Condition
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Date Added Friday, August 24th, 2018 at 11:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 317519 N 3367756
Decimal Degrees30.42810000, -88.90005000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 25.686', W 88° 54.003'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 25' 41.1600" N, 88° 54' 0.1800" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)228
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9544 Moran St, D'Iberville MS 39540, US
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Leslie Robertson, City of D’Iberville Economic Development

Jan 3, 2022 at 8:33am PST by diberville88

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