Add placed by Joseph Kershaw in the South Carolina Gazette on June 3, 1783


The colonial brickyard at Historic Camden is a hands-on living history exhibit centered around the production of 18th century wood-fired bricks. During the Colonial Period the making of bricks was almost always done adjacent to the building project. Our brickyard it is located near the 1777 Gunpowder Magazine built by patriot Col. Joseph Kershaw using 225,140 bricks.


The brickyard pavilion is a 30ft x 42ft pegged timber frame building built by a wonderful group of volunteers. Today the pavilion is the focal point of the brickyard, housing the pottery Bottle Kiln as well as the brick making and clay processing area.

Making Bricks

Visitors to the colonial brickyard at Historic Camden throughout the spring and summer can participate in the making of colonial bricks and in the fall they can help us build and wood-fire the brick kiln.

Wood-firing Bricks

In late fall at Historic Camden’s colonial brickyard we build a brick kiln called a clamp to burn the green bricks made by visitors during the spring and summer.

Making Quick Lime

In late fall at Historic Camden’s colonial brickyard we build a lime rick to burn oyster shells producing quick lime. Which we covert to lime putty which is used in the making of plaster and mortars.

Making Potash

Starting with our hard wood ash from the brick kiln and the leaching barrel we show the entire process of making potassium potash.  Which was used in the 18th century as a felspar for the making of glass.  And is still used today in the making of fertilizer.

Making Soap

We use 18th Century Tools, Technology and Receipts to show the entire soap making process from the leaching of lye from the brick kilns hard wood ash to cutting the finished bars of soap.

Making Emery Cloth

Using brick dust from our handmade wood-fired bricks.  We demonstrate the entire process of making emery cloth used in the 18th century as a metal polishing cloth.  It is imperative that wood-fired brick dust is used because it creates a softer abrasive dust then a modern brick. 

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The Historic Camden Foundation is not state or federally funded so we relay on individual donations. Even a small donation truly helps. So please send a gift and make a difference!