Washington Historical Society selling bricks from cannery

Dylan Polk TimesNewspapers
Bricks from the Dickinson-Libby Cannery, pictured above, are available for purchase through the Washington Historical Society.

WASHINGTON — Washington residents will have the opportunity this holiday season to purchase what officials call “the perfect gift for true Washingtonians.”

Bricks from the Dickinson-Libby Cannery are available for purchase through the Washington Historical Society.

The cannery, which was located at the south end of South Wood Street, was “an integral part of Washington’s economy,” according to the historical society, from 1910 until its closure in 1945.

The facility also played a role in the Allied effort during World War II, housing up to 243 German prisoners in the building’s warehouse section. The warehouse later sustained fire damage in 1964 and 1999, and was later covered over and ground leveled.

According to the historical society, each brick has been cleaned and engraved with a plaque detailing the cannery’s history.

“Each brick is accompanied by a card of authenticity, which relates the history of the cannery and its land usage,” the historical society said in a press release.

The historical society said 150 bricks will be available for $75 with a walnut base; bricks without the base are $25.

To order a brick, call the historical society at 444-4793. Money raised will be used for repairs to the Dement-Zinser House and the Doctor’s Museum.

In addition, a book by Mary Kerr detailing the history of the cannery will go on sale in March 2016. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Washington Historical Society.