Historic Nauvoo Brickyard

See a brickmaster demonstrate how bricks were formed, dried, and fired in Old Nauvoo. Take home a souvenir brick to remember your visit. 

In Nauvoo in the 1840s, Latter-day Saint settlers first built log homes or frame homes, but they worked toward building brick homes and shops that represented beauty and permanence. Seven brickyards were kept busy supplying the high demand, but making bricks took a lot of time and patience. Clay and sand were mixed and pressed into a mold until they held their shape. Once the forms were removed, the bricks were dried by rotating them each day for one week to remove all moisture, a process known as hacking.  Once dry, 40,000 bricks were stacked like dominoes in a hollow shape called a brick clamp.  Firewood was inserted and brought to firing temperature so the bricks could bake for about two weeks.  Once fully fired, bricks cooled for another week before they could be used. The exterior walls of the homes were built three bricks thick. 

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Latitude: 40.544417 Longitude: -91.389243 Elevation: 551 ft
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Hours Open

May to September: Mon-Sat, 9 am - 6 pm; Sun, 12 pm - 5 pm // Other Months: Mon-Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sun, 12 pm - 5 pm

Time Period Represented

1840's

Seasons Open

Open year-round

Visitor Fees

Free

Accessibility Notes

This site is wheelchair accessible. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Since the demonstration room contains tools and loose articles, pets may not be brought inside.  We appreciate your understanding. Service dogs are allowed.

You are welcome to walk your dog outside around the site. 

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