Morgan Jones Kiln
This historical marker tells a tale of the 17th century potter whose kiln dated back to 1677, and it was discovered in Westmoreland, VA. Jones immigrated to America in 1661 as an indentured servant to Robert Sly, one of the most successful merchants in 17th century Maryland. After Morgan recieved his freedom, he moved to Virginia. By 1669 he ran a pottery kiln in Glebe Harbor located in Wesmoreland County. Morgan Jones, Maryland's first recorded potter, and Dennis White entered into a partnership for the “making and selling Earthen ware," which provided pottery to the Chesapeake area. What the marker doesn’t tell us is the rebellious nature of their work. After a period in Virginia, Jones moved to Maryland's Eastern hsore, and settled into the life of a planter. Centuries later, in 1973, Morgan's pottery at Glebe Harbor was excavated by William Kelso and Edward Chapell.