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The Clay Pits Behind 155 Newbolds Corner Road

Most of the area looks much like this picture. Broad, shallow depressions surrounded by trees suggesting that much of the clay was removed using strip mining techniques in addition to the digging of pits.

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Looking from the low area, Northeasterly toward Newbolds Corner road, one can see how the house at 155 sits on a small plateau about three feet higher than the land Eastward to the property line and South to the beginning of the cultivated fields at the back of the wooded area. PICTURE

The wooded area in this picture is the lowest point for about half a mile in the Eastern, Southern and Westerly directions. All the rainfall runoff from these areas eventually ends up here. The water flow in this picture is from left to right center of the picture then left again towards the clay pits at the rear of the area. PICTURE

This shot was taken across the largest enclosed depression. The camera position is from a narow ridge that is approximately 15 feet above the lowest point in the pit. Standing water can be seen just above the center of the picture. The area at the bottom of the picture and on the left side, has been partially filled in with trash consisting of bottles, cans, cinder blocks, lumber, large pieces of concrete and used electrical appliances . There has been no dumping observed in the area since we moved into the house in 1984. PICTURE

This shot was taken from the bottom of the pit looking North toward the ridge from which the last picture was taken. The ridge is about three feet wide at the top and drops down the other side just as steeply into a smaller U-shaped depression. PICTURE


Brick-making technology of 1879. Picture

Clay Mining in Jefferson County, Virginia Document

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