From One Town Came Many: The Red Earthenware Industry of Ancient North Yarmouth Maine


The red earthenware industry in North Yarmouth, Maine was established in the 1790s, and for the next century, it flourished through a group of multigenerational family potteries. Many were located at Yarmouth Corner, which included production from at least five family businesses: Brooks, Cleaves, Corliss, Foster and Thomas. Much of this history had been forgotten due to 20th century development and a lack of published documentation. But thanks to historic preservation, archaeologists, museums and family records, the history of this industry has been reidentified.

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