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STRASBURG POTTERY TIMELINE


  • 1000 (?) A.D. - Native Americans make pottery in the Strasburg Area
  • 1730s - First European settlers arrive
  • 1761 - Sabbatarians make pottery on Sandy Hook
  • 1793 - Philip Grim noted as "potter" in Deed Book
  • 1805 - Adam Keister begins producing pottery in Strasburg
  • 1817 - Solomon Bell bom in Hagerstown Maryland
  • 1820s - Adam Keister produces the first stoneware in Strasburg
  • 1830s - John Miller produces pottery in Strasburg
  • 1843 - Samuel Bell moves to Strasburg from Winchester to make pottery
  • 1845 - Solomon Bell joins his brother in Strasburg
  • 1847 ~ Adam Keister dies (buried St. Paul Lutheran cemetery, Strasburg)
  • 1859 - Letcher Eberly bom
  • 1860 - W. H. Lehew noted as a potter in the federal census
  • 1861 - 1865 - Civil War disrupts pottery production
  • 1874 - J. Eberly pottery business opens
  • 1870s - 1890s - "Golden Age" of Strasburg pottery, many partnerships formed and dissolved
  • 1882 - Solomon Bell dies (buried St. Paul Lutheran cemetery, Strasburg)
  • 1891 - "Steam Pottery" built
  • 1897 - Last order received by Steam Pottery
  • 1910 - Ashby Bell (son of Samuel) last Golden Age potter working in Strasburg
  • 1913 - Steam Pottery building sold to railroad
  • 1929 - Bell Pottery kiln (Queen & Depot Streets) torn down
  • 1929 - Rice & Stoudt publish The Shenandoah Pottery
  • 1950s - Virginia Cadden begins collecting Strasburg pottery
  • 1969 - Strasburg Incorporated formed to create Strasburg Museum
  • 1971 - Strasburg Museum opens in the old Steam Pottery Building
  • 2002 - "Virginia Cadden Pottery Room" opens in Strasburg Museum


  • This list was prepared by John Adamson on June 18, 2011 for the Pottery Fest


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    Created June 19, 2011
    Updated June 19, 2011
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