The Beehive Brick Kiln

The Beehive Brick Kiln (HMVS)

Location: Lorton, VA 22079 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 40.906', W 77° 15.204'

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From the turn of the century until the late 1960's nine kilns on this site were operated by inmates of the Lorton correctional facility.

The bricks stacked inside this kiln are ready to be baked. For 4 to 5 days coal fires in each of the hearths were stoked around the clock. Hot air rose along the inside of the vaulted walls but did not escape through the hole in the ceiling. Heat was sucked down through the bricks, between louvers in the floor, across an underground flue, and up the tall chimney which stands beside the kiln.

These kilns were a primary local source of the red brick used in constructing the historic durable buildings now seen throughout northern Virginia. Today beehive kilns are little used.
Placed ByNorthern Virginia Regional Park Authority
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 11:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 303991 N 4283872
Decimal Degrees38.68176667, -77.25340000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 40.906', W 77° 15.204'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 40' 54.36" N, 77° 15' 12.24" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4106-4158 Lorton Rd, Lorton VA 22079, US
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