|126 North 15th Street
Sebring, Ohio 44672
|In April, 1898, work began on the factories, stores and homes that would
become known as "Sebring." The Sebring brothers, their parents (George
and Elizabeth), and their sisters each built beautiful homes.
These potteries at one time employed approximately 3,300 workers. The
Sebring pottery industry flourished for many years. At one time Sebring was
known as the "Pottery Capital of The World."
From these beginnings Sebring has remained a small town. Although only a
few pottery "decorating" firms still remain, other types of manufacturers have
located here. Sebring is hopeful that others will discover, as the Sebring
brothers did, that Sebring is "the most elevated and healthful tableland of our
|Sebring, Ohio was founded by the Sebring family from East Liverpool.
They owned and operated many pottery businesses. The Sebring family
dreamed of building their own pottery town that would stand as a
memorial to their work and ideals. They decided upon an area in
Mahoning County, 80 miles west of Pittsburgh and five miles east of
Alliance. They chose 200 acres of farmland near the Mahoning River that
was near a railroad line. Later, a 160 acre tract was added. Articles of
Incorporation were filed in 1899.
The Strand Theatre building was donated to the Society by Greg New in
1990. The theatre is used as a museum and for exhibition space. In
2003, the Strand Theatre marquee was restored to circa 1940's and the
building obtained a new roof. Starting in 2003, after a generous donation
from Lynne and Dennis Biery and years of fund raising and personal
donations, the inside of the building was renovated into a museum that
now showcases Sebring's Pottery and local history.
Our membership is now at about 225. With the support of the community,
we have a wonderful museum emphasizing our pottery heritage.
The Society recently acquired the historical building next to the Strand. It is
our goal to renovate and preserve this beautiful turn of the century building.
At present, we are in the process of getting a historical designation; and we
hope to obtain that very soon.
Organizations like ours can only achieve our goals with fund raisers and the
assistance of donations from members of our community.
Since our organization relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses,
we would like to ask you to consider a donation to our renovation fund. Our
renovation plans follow several steps, the fist being to paint and replace the
roof. To get the renovations started, we have set a goal to raise $5,000 this
fall. We hope that you will help support our efforts.
|Our Founders, the Sebring Brothers
| Frank A. Oliver George William Ellsworth Fred
1865-1936 1857-1929 1859-1927 1869-1904 1862-1937 1868-1925