Louisville’s Oldest Pottery Business Discovered Near Slugger Field

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Archaeological dig finds pottery business (via WHAS11 News)
Archaeological dig finds pottery business (via WHAS11 News)
Archaeological dig finds pottery business (via WHAS11 News)
Archaeological dig finds pottery business. (via WHAS11)

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.

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden is a writer and architectural designer living in Brooklyn. After graduating from the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Branden practiced architecture in Louisville where he worked on several large LEED Certified buildings. Branden is the senior web editor at The Architect’s Newspaper, where he covers architecture, design, and urbanism. He has also written about design for Designers & Books, sustainability for Inhabitat, and architecture for the American Institute of Architects. He founded Broken Sidewalk in 2007, an online collaborative promoting architecture and urbanism in Louisville, Kentucky and the Midwest.

1 COMMENT

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

    -Eric

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