Millham Road Pottery


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“Ford and Dunhams Pottery on the Millham Road was burned on Friday night. Loss about $2000. No insurance” (Trenton State Gazette, Monday, November 4, 1867).

“The Ford and Lawton Pottery on the Millham Road, about a mile from Trenton was destroyed by fire on November 1. This is the third time they have suffered by fire at this pottery É The loss was about $2,000. – Daily True American, November 2, 1867” (Harney 1929).

“Henry Moore at the American Stilt and Spur Manufacturing Company on the Millham Road. – True American, July 10, 1872” (Harney 1929).

“The Millham Road Pottery and Site. We learn that the three lots which this site embraced were purchased for a rubber mill to be under the management of C. V. Mead and that the factory will be located on the late Dickinson tract between the Homestead Place and Millham É And we learn from the old residents of this locality that at one time there was a distillery operated upon the site and in later years a brass foundry and then another firm for a pottery again É State Gazette, April 10, 1856.

Of late years it has been owned and used for stables and garages by the Trenton Potteries Company” (Harney 1929).

There is considerable confusion between this pottery, located on the corner of North Clinton Avenue (the Millham Road) and Webster Street, and the Franklin Pottery on Prince and Mead Streets. This site may have a history of pottery making that extends back into the 1850s or earlier. There is much conflicting information in Woodward and Hageman 1883, Harney 1929 and Goldberg 1998.

Selected References

“The Manufactories of Trenton. Article II. The Pottery Trade.” Trenton State Gazette, Monday, August 27, 1866.

Daily True American, November 2, 1867.

Trenton State Gazette, Monday, November 4, 1867.

Boyd, Andrew and William H. Boyd. 1874. “Boyd’s Trenton City Directory: Containing the Names of Its Citizens, a Compendium of Its Government and of Public and Private Institutions, and a Business Directory of the Principal Towns in Mercer County, a List of Farmers.” Andrew Boyd and W. Harry Boyd, Syracuse, New York and Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Mains, Bishop W. and Thomas F. Fitzgerald. 1878. “Mains and Fitzgerald’s Trenton, Chambersburg and Millham Directory: Containing the Names of the Citizens, Statistical Business Report, Historical Sketches, a List of the Public and Private Institutions, Together with National, State, County, and City Government.” Bishop W. Mains & Thomas F. Fitzgerald, Trenton, New Jersey.

Harney, W.J. 1929 “Trenton’s First Potteries.” In: Sunday Times Advertiser (7 July, 14 July, 21 July and 28 July). Trenton, New Jersey.

Goldberg, David J. 1998 “Preliminary Notes on the Pioneer Potters and Potteries of Trenton, N.J.: The First Thirty Years – 1852 – 1882 (And Beyond).” Privately published, Trenton, New Jersey.

Other firms at this site:

Other Names

Charles Ray & Company; Ford & Lawton; American Stilt and Spur Manufacturing Company; Franklin Pottery; Millham Pottery

Historic Street Address:
Millham Road; Webster near Clinton; Clinton Ave. above Millington's Pottery

Lawrence Township