Good Fences Made Good Neighbors-The Former DC Reformatory In Lorton VA

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Former DC Reformatory in Lorton VA

This photo shows just one of the brick walls that surrounded the DC Reformatory in Lorton VA.  What many folks new to the Lorton area don't know is that the bricks used to make these wall and the buildings of the former DC Reformatory were produced by the inmates themselves.

The eight brick kilns on the property were  considered some of the best on the east coast and between 1925-1927 it is estimated the inmates made over 4.2 million bricks.
  The kilns were located on the banks of the Occoquan River making it easier for bricks not used for the reformatory to be sold and shipped to DC.  Bricks were used to build a number of buildings in DC include Cardoza HS on Clifton Street NW, now on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Walking around the site looking at the brick walls you realize how important these walls once were to the neighbors who lived on the outside.  Today Lorton residents enjoy being able to walk inside these walls safely and take classes or enjoy an artists exhibit  at the Lorton Workhouse Art Center
Families now live in the neighborhoods that were developed as part of the property being returned to Fairfax County when the reformatory closed. 

Good fences made good neighbors now they are just part of Lorton history.

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Julie Dumaine-Russell
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Cindy - I can't believe the inmates made over 4.2  million bricks.  That is one solid looking wall.  How long is it?

Sep 19, 2011 04:13 PM #1
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Cindy, what a great piece of local history and what a great localism post.  BTW congrat on making th millionaire's club.  Somehow I missed that milestone of yours.

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Cindy:  Congrats on the huge accomplishment making the Millionaire Club---testament to your dedication!  Also really enjoyed your post as I lived in Northern Virginia for many years in another life.  Great localism post!

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I love this kind of local history. This is a great post and thanks for sharing it Cindy. I also congratulate you on the millionaire club. You are a great inspiration.

Cal

Sep 20, 2011 12:25 AM #4
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Donna-I don't know but the entire site was surrounded by these walls as well as most of the original buildings were brick.  It's pretty amazing to realize how many bricks the prisoners made.

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Leah-thanks for the kudos.  I didn't write a post about rolling up the points mountain. 

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Kristen-I spend time wandering around the prison site when and where allowed.  It is an interesting piece of our local history that is often overlooked.

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Cal-thanks for your comment.  I have a post coming that is dedicated to you so watch out :-)

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Cindy  Now that makes sense .Instead of just sitting in cells they did something very constructive

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Hannah-this prison aka reformatory was thought to be progressive for it's time.  Not only did they have a brick business but it was a working farm as well. 

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