"Ceramics" East Liverpool by grandmaR

East Liverpool Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 36 photos

May 28, 2004

I got directions to the AAA office on my cellphone, and once there got travel guides to PA/NJ; Mid Atlantic (MD, VA, DE, DC), and OH/ IL,/IN, and maps to PA, OH, and WV. After we picked up our maps and guidebooks, we left the car in the AAA parking lot (free) and strolled around town a bit looking for a restaurant that the AAA people had recommended. We didn't find it, so we had lunch at Shining Reflections Tea Room for $13.13 (double what we paid yesterday at McDonalds but still not expensive).

Then we visited the Ceramics museum which is a 'Must See' in East Liverpool. It cost us $6.50 each and was quite interesting. The Ceramics museum is across the street from the AAA office.

After we left East Liverpool, we drove on up towards Youngstown where we got on the Ohio Turnpike (I-80) at 1412 (2:12 pm) which is a toll road. We went west for $2.85 worth to Elyria to spend the second night.


In 1795. Thomas Fawcett bought land along the Ohio River from Isaac Craig and planned a town which he named St. Clair, after Authur St. Clair, Govenor of the Northwest Territory at the time. The town residents of St. Clair changed the name to Fawcettstown. In 1816, the name was changed again to Liverpool by nostalgic English potters. In 1834 when the town was incorporated, the town was renamed East Liverpool to avoid confusion with the Liverpool in Medina County Ohio.

Because the area was surrounded by deposits of clay and coal, the city prospered and became well-known for its ceramics. At one time, "America's Crockery City" made half of the nations pottery. The the industry has declined since 1930.

East Liverpool was the location for the capture and killing in 1934 of Pretty Boy Floyd, a 30's gangster.

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  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    That's interesting about the ceramics. I lived nearby (Wheeling) for a year, but never visited East Liverpool.

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2004 at 11:04 AM

    Very interesting page. I like pottery. Great trabvelogue too.


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