Why is There Art at an Abandoned Brick Factory in Manchester, New Jersey?
Over this past weekend, April found this intriguing place and it just looked like a place we should investigate. Love bringing you unique and obscure things to do here in New Jersey and in Ocean County.
This particular location seems to mix mystery, history, and art. It's the abandoned Brooksbrae Terracotta Brick Factory in Manchester Township. I have lived here most of my life and I never heard of this old brick factory, which is tucked into the pine barrens here in Ocean County, in Manchester Township.
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The Brooksbrae Brick Factory has gone by many names over the years, but according to njpinebarrens it all dates back to 1858 when an Irish immigrant named Lewis Neill moved to this secluded area of what is today's Manchester Township. Here he began as a terra cotta and fire brick operation that has been known for generations as the ‘Union Clay Works.’
This began generations of "brick" making until a fire in 1915 ultimately resulted in the end of the Brooksbrae Brick Factory. Today the area is home to a "graffiti" wonderland with all sorts of street art on display. It does seem like newer graffiti just takes over older works so at times, to me, it looks a bit busy. There are some cool works along with general graffiti. This is definitely in the "different" category, but makes for some cool photos....check out my photo gallery below. Brooksbrae is a unique abandoned site here in New Jersey and worth a little investigating to find it. It is tick season so keep that in mind if hiking out there.
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Brooksbrae Terracotta Brick Factory