Photographer's Note

Many of the buildings in Shepherdstown, WV are made of brick. This is because the clay soil found in the area was very conducive to brick making. By the late 1790s, there were several commercial brickyards, and kilns could be built with little difficulty.

In many instances, bricks were "burnt" at the construction sites. They were plentiful and cheaper than nails.

Roofing material affected the market value and the insurance premiums of the brick structures. Those covered with tile were much more valuable then those topped with wooden shingles. Fires starting in the shingles destroyed many brick homes, mills, stores and outbuildings. Buildings with tiled roofs suffered much less damage.

I took this photo early on a Saturday morning. Most businesses were not even open yet. I was still getting to know my camera and tried a B&W shot using a green filter against the red brick of the building.

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