Preserving Sutton’s Past Rick Rath and Crew Working to Preserve, Restore Sutton Brick Factory

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This is the view looking north and east of the former Sutton Brick Factory kiln. The property has gone through a big overhaul and renovation by Rick Rath and his staff at Patch Master Central.

Tory Duncan

As with any preservation project, a little sweat and elbow grease goes a long way to save, and even rebuild, a piece of history. Rick Rath purchased the old Sutton Brick Factory grounds after the Mother’s Day tornado this past May. With the help of his staff at Patch Master Central, an asphalt and patching business in Sutton, they began putting a great deal of their own sweat and elbow grease into a part of Sutton’s history. The Sutton Brick Factory, built in 1876 by I.N. (Isaac Newton) Clark, is the direct preservation project that Rath and his staff have taken on. Cleaning out an overgrowth of trees and downed trees in the aftermath of the tornado, as well as having to, unfortunately, remove the old blacksmith shop at the site of the brick factory, has been no small undertaking for the new owner of the property.


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