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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Smyrna in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Site of Green Pottery

Site of Green Pottery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, December 30, 2010
1. Site of Green Pottery Marker
Inscription.  In 1764, Thomas Green sold a one-quarter acre lot at this location to his grandson, Charles Green. Some time thereafter, Charles established a facility for the manufacturing of redware pottery on this site. The business is known to have been in operation by the 1780s. Redware is made from clay with high amounts of iron oxide, giving a brick red color to the finished product. Archaeological evidence indicates that the producers of this pottery included cups, mugs, bowls, plates, pitchers, jugs, bottles, milk, pans, butter pots, and chamber pots, some decorated with trailed slip. Upon the death of Charles Green in 1809, responsibility for conducting the business passed to his son William Green, who continued to manufacture pottery here until circa 1817. Between 1817-1822, William's brother Daniel D. Green established a pottery nearby, on the opposite side of North Main Street. After Daniel's death in 1826, the Kent County Orphans Court hired potter Abraham Ritchie to continue the operation of the business to generate income for Daniel's widow and children. The pottery was closed when descendants sold the land in 1840.
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2003 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-84.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1764.
Location. 39° 18.1′ N, 75° 36.45′ W. Marker is in Smyrna, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from N. Main Street close to Mt. Vernon Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smyrna DE 19977, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The John Cummins Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delaware House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gray Box Chateau (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Allen McLane (about 500 feet away); The Barracks (about 600 feet away); Site of Old Asbury Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); In Memory of Victor D. Ennis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Citizens' Hose Company No. 1. Inc. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smyrna.
Site of Green Pottery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, December 30, 2010
2. Site of Green Pottery
The site of the pottery was directly next to the John Cummins house, shown on the left of this picture.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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