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Woodbridge in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Salamander Works

Salamander Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
1. Salamander Works Marker
Inscription.  Salamander Works

Among the earliest clay-based businesses in Woodbridge was Salamander Works, established by Gage Inslee and Rene Pardussus in 1825 on Rahway Avenue near Heard’s Brook. At its peak, the company had eight kilns on five acres manufacturing fire-brick, cupola linings, furnace blocks , bakers’ ovens and glazed sewer and water pipes.

In 1835, Salamander Works received a diploma from the American Institute of the City of New York for a “fine specimen of flint stoneware”. The company achieved renown for a line of earthenware pottery pieces fashioned using Rockingham glaze, a red-and-brown glaze color used by the English pottery company of the same name. These pieces, noted by (illegible) Salamander Works price lists as “Flint and Fire Proof Ware” are highly prized among collectors seeking pitchers and jugs produced by Salamander in the early 19th century.

Over the years, Salamander Works was operated by several different owners, most notably William Poillon who ran the business with his son Cornelius, from 1867 to 1896 when a fire destroyed the factory. Poillon Pottery was founded
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on the former factory site in 1904 by Clara L. Poillon and H.A. Poillon, creating a variety of internationally renowned consumer products. In (illegible) and other pottery sales, Clara Poillon’s work earned her acclaim as a leader of the turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts Movement. Poillon Street behind the train station is named for this site, a tribute to the vibrant clay industry that shaped the economy and society of 1800s Woodbridge.

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Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission
Mayor John E. McCormac Woodbridge Township 2013

Erected 2013 by Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 40° 33.337′ N, 74° 17.172′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of N Park Drive and Elmwood Avenue, on the left when traveling west on N Park Drive. The marker is in the Marion and Norman Tanzman Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge NJ 07095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Green Street (a few steps from this marker); The Clay-and-Brick Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampton Cutter Mansion
Salamander Works Marker site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
2. Salamander Works Marker site
The marker is on the far side of Elmwood Avenue.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Kirk Green (within shouting distance of this marker); Isaac Inslee Estates (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. John's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); Woodbridge Golden Bears (about 500 feet away); Embassy Theatre (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
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3. Inset
The Salamander Works
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 638 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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