|Sligh's Mill Pottery
Paulding County, GA
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|In 1988, I recovered a five gallon pottery churn from a Union campsite near the Burnt
Hickory community of Paulding Co. Subsequent research revealed that this jug was
likely manufactured at Sligh's Mill, one of a small community of potteries in this area
in the mid-19th through early-20th centuries.
|Churn excavated near Burnt Hickory community
The iron kettle was positioned upside-down over the top of the churn.
If not for the kettle (metallic), I would have never detected the churn.
|When I visited the site of the pottery in 1988, the old brick and stone kiln was very
much in evidence, with walls and a section of the arched roof still standing. I only
wish that I had brought a camera on that visit, because the intervening years have
not been kind to the site, as evidenced by these images from December 2014:
|Pottery waster pile (foreground), with scanty remains of kiln at rear
|Remains of the collapsed kiln
The kiln is much degraded since my 1988 visit, with no evidence of the roof arch and little of the walls.
|Side and rear wall of kiln
|Details of kiln's rear wall stonework, likely the chimney area.
|Waster pile, approx. six feet high...
|Pottery sherds at edge of waster pile.
|Plan view drawing of the kiln (from
|For further information on Sligh's Pottery, see John Burrison's "Brothers in
Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery", University of Georgia Press, 1983.
Also, see "Taming the Groundhog: Excavations at the Sligh Stoneware
Pottery, Paulding Co., GA" by Christopher Espenshade, SGA, Oct. 2002