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December 20 2003

Press Release: WCHS’s New Exhibit for Spring 2003

On Friday, March 28th from 00 to 8:00 p.m. the Wayne County Historical Society will open its new exhibits for the spring of 2003 at its main museum at 810 Main Street, Honesdale. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served. Those exhibits are entitled Weston Stoneware and Stitches In Time.

Weston Stoneware is a small but interesting exhibit containing nineteen beautiful pieces from this local business. The story of Weston stoneware begins with Horace Weston. In about 1826, due to failing health, Rev. Horace Weston gave up his physically demanding fifty-mile ministry in Ulster and Sullivan County, New York. Ellenville, NY became his permanent home in which he began manufacturing stoneware and shipping it along the entire length of the Delaware & Hudson Canal. In the spring of 1848 he purchased land on Sixth Street, Honesdale to establish a branch factory but died in July of “fever”. His twenty-year-old son William W. Weston carried on and built the factory, which was finished in the spring of 1849. By 1854 William left the business to pursue other interests and his brother Horace, Jr. was placed in charge of the Honesdale plant. The marks on the stoneware were changed from “W. Weston, Honesdale, PA” to “H. Weston, Honesdale, PA” In 1872 Horace Weston, Jr. died and the pottery factory closed.

In addition to this exhibit the newly publish book Big Ware Turners, The History and Manufacture of Pennsylvania Stoneware, by Phil Schaltenbrand is available for purchase in their Museum Shop. Stoneware from Weston and Burns & Cross of Ledgedale, PA are included. This exhibit will hand through 2003.

Stitched In Time is an exhibit of stitched handwork, which will hang in the Torrey Gallery until Thanksgiving of 2003. Several samplers, the oldest of which is dated 1791 and the most recent stitched in 2000, a framed embroidered motto on perforated cardboard common during the Victorian era, a magnificent President’s quilt, a one hundred old “quilt” with hundreds of Wayne county names all hand stitched, needlepoint, and several other pieces delight the eye. Most of these local people who lovingly stitched these are now gone but their needlework is still here for us to enjoy. Come and enjoy!

Wayne County Historical Society’s main museum will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. following this opening. Free parking is offered between the museum buildings and the railroad track.