Morgan Jones 1677 Pottery Kiln

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Archaeological evidence and historical documents combine to make the site of Morgan Jones’s 1677 Pottery Kiln Archaeological Site a unique relic of a 17th-century American craft industry. According to Westmoreland County records, on August 28, 1677, Morgan Jones entered into a partnership with Dennis White for the “making and selling of Earthen warre” from a kiln on the western side of Lower Machotick (Machodoc) Creek. Investigation of the site in 1973 by archaeologists of the Department of Historic Resources uncovered the Morgan Jones 1677 Pottery Kiln’s remains and unearthed many fragmentary samples of pottery manufactured here. Shards of wares similar to those found at the kiln site have been found in numerous archaeological sites in the Tidewater region, making the Morgan Jones 1677 Pottery Kiln excavations a valuable tool for dating and identifying Virginia pottery of the period. The site was preserved under Westmoreland County ownership.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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