This distinctive bottleneck kiln greets travelers coming into Wellsville as they approach the village’s Third and Lisbon streets intersection. According to its page in Wikipedia, the bottom half of the 40-inch kiln was inside a shed and the top half was in the open air to exhaust smoke, while the brick portion is made to withstand the elements. It once was part of the “stilt works” which was purchased in the 1920s by Acme Craft Pottery but eventually was purchased by the Ohio Department of Transportation to prepare for the construction of state Route 7 in 1971. Eventually historians convinced ODOT to allow it to stand as “a silent symbol of the once-great pottery industry of Columbiana County,” and it is now maintained by the Wellsville Historical Society. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)


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