Site of Green Pottery

Site of Green Pottery (HMQJ3)

Location: Smyrna, DE 19977 Kent County
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N 39° 18.1', W 75° 36.45'

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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.
HM NumberHMQJ3
Marker NumberKC-84
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 12:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 447619 N 4350429
Decimal Degrees39.30166667, -75.60750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.1', W 75° 36.45'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 6.00" N, 75° 36' 27.00" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-104 N Main St, Smyrna DE 19977, US
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