Louisville’s Oldest Pottery Business Discovered Near Slugger Field

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 by Branden Klayko.
Archaeological dig finds pottery business (via WHAS11 News)

Archaeological dig finds pottery business (via WHAS11 News)

Archaeologists recently uncovered Louisville’s oldest pottery business near the corner of Jackson and Main Streets where the old D & W Silks building was demolished for a proposed office tower.  Researches found the business on a map of Louisville dating to 1831 and are recovering pottery fragments from a seven-foot-deep trench.

Lewis Pottery (sp?) opened in 1815 and is the oldest pottery shop in Louisville and one of the oldest in the country.  Proprietor Jacob Lewis was run out of Louisville after going into debt which would have, at the time, landed him in jail.  (Another famous debtor to be run out of Louisville in the early 19th century was John James Audubon.)  Artifacts from the dig will later be on display at the University of Kentucky.

Filed Under:  General Louisville

1 Comment. What's on your mind?
  1. srca1941

    September 2nd, 2010

    11:46 am

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    Great article! The only bad thing is the artifacts will be displayed in Lexington rather than Louisville. We really need a city history museum.


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