An original jug claimed to be made in the Jugtown factory from 1873-1876 by its owner was recently donated to the Gardendale Historical Society Museum in Gardendale, AL by local resident Marie Fields.

The Gardendale Magnolia Festival has commissioned local Mt. Olive potter, Jay Burton, to make 100 replicas of this jug to be sold ONLY at the 17th Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival, April 21, 2018. The jugs will be sold at the Jugtown Pottery Exhibit tent located on the grassy area of the civic center next to Main Street. Maps will be available at the festival. 

Mr. Burton, Burton Pottery by Jay, will be on site at the exhibit to demonstrate how to make pottery on his pottery wheel. He is an artisan potter, makes all of his tools by hand, and only uses Mt. Olive/Gardendale clay to make his pottery. Members of the Gardendale Historical Society will be on hand to tell the story of how Jugtown changed its name to Gardendale in 1906 as well as the story of why we believe the donated jug is an original jug made in the Jugtown factory. The jug can be seen now and during the festival at the museum which is near the civic center amphitheater on Bell St. off Main Street.

Live Pottery Demo 11:30, 1:30
Free potter class for kids 5-12 years old (First 20) 3:30
Storytelling- All day

(Hear the story why Gardendale was called Jugtown until 1906)

Purchase limited, numbered and stamped replicas of an original
Jugtown jug ($20)- While jugs last. Only 100 jugs. No presales. No holds.
Only two jugs per person. Buyer will receive a stamp on hand.


The additional pottery above will also be available for sale at the Festival






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