“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mount Holly in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Morgan Jones Kiln

Morgan Jones Kiln Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
1. Morgan Jones Kiln Marker
Inscription.  The Morgan Jones Kiln, located 5.2 miles north of here, operated for a short time in 1677. According to Westmoreland County records, Morgan Jones and Dennis White entered into a partnership for the “making and selling of Earthen ware,” which provided utilitarian pottery to settlers in the Chesapeake Bay area. An archaeological excavation in 1973 uncovered Jones’s kiln and fragments of his pottery, making available a valuable dating tool for other archaeological sites in the Delmarva area. Since that time, many examples of his wares have been found in archaeological sites across the Tidewater region.
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JT-14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1677.
Location. 38° 5.478′ N, 76° 43.11′ W. Marker is in Mount Holly, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection
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of Cople Highway (Virginia Route 202) and Mount Holly Road (County Route 621), on the left when traveling east on Cople Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montross VA 22520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Glebe (here, next to this marker); Bushfield (here, next to this marker); Nominy Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); The War of 1812 / British Landing at Nomini Ferry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Nomini Hall (approx. 2.3 miles away); Nomini Baptist Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Armstead Tasker Johnson School (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lee Hall (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Holly.
Also see . . .  Community celebrates acknowledgement of important 17th Century kiln. Article in The Journal of Westmoreland County. “The kiln uncovered in 1973 was described by Dr. [William] Kelso as being cross-shaped, with a large doughnut hole at the junction of the two arms of its cross. Photographs and drawings associated with the excavation are on display at the Westmoreland County Museum, along with pottery created on the site.” Virginia Sherman: “As the Lords of Trade in London did not permit any manufacturing in the Virginia colony, the White-Jones venture was illegal: the colonists were expected to furnish the raw materials to England and then buy back English manufactured goods.” (Submitted on September 12, 2009.) 
Morgan Jones Kiln Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
2. Morgan Jones Kiln Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,022 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Sep. 26, 2023