November 29, 2009

Belle Grove Exhibit

We went to Belle Grove yesterday. It was the last day to view an exhibit of Strasburg* pottery, which turned out to be displayed like furnishings, lined up on shelves in a few of the restored rooms. Interpretive signs were lacking, but we were given brochures which gave a history of Strasburg pottery plus a list showing the size and maker of each piece. The majority of pieces were made by Eberly or Bell.

Belle Grove will be closed for the winter now, except for holiday-theme tours on December 4-6 and December 21-23, 2009.

*Strasburg is only a few miles from Belle Grove, which has a Middletown address. The brochure tells us that the earliest potters in the area were "Native American Indians," followed by European immigrants and their descendants including:
  • Brother Theoney
  • Peter Grim
  • Adam Keister
  • Samuel and Solomon Bell
  • J. Eberly & Sons

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