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Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

First Pottery / Old Iron Works

 
 
First Pottery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, February 20, 2021
1. First Pottery Marker
Side 1
Inscription.  
First Pottery. The first pottery in West Virginia was founded here about 1785 and the making of pottery was important before 1800. John Scott, Jacob Foulk, John Thompson, and Francis Billingsley were among the first potters.

Old Iron Works Iron furnaces were busy in Monongalia County at early date. at Rock Forge, Samuel Hanway started work, 1798, and on Cheat River, Samuel Jackson built a furnace. The latter plant, under the Ellicotts, worked 1200 men.
 
Erected 1980 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1785.
 
Location. 39° 37.862′ N, 79° 57.517′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Walnut Street and West Virginia Route 7, on the right when traveling west. Located at the riverfront at the end of Walnut
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Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morgantown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Stone House (about 600 feet away); Courthouse Square (about 800 feet away); Monongalia County Courthouse (about 800 feet away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); To the Patriots of the American Revolution (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
 
More about this marker. Relocated marker. Marker has been placed in its previous location at the riverfront.
 
Old Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, February 20, 2021
2. Old Iron Works Marker
Side 2
Old Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, February 20, 2021
3. Old Iron Works Marker
First Pottery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 12, 2014
4. First Pottery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 77 times this year. Last updated on October 11, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on May 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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