Above is a vintage photo that was featured on a postcard put out by the Kentucky Historical Society a few years back. It features a bunch of pottery just outside the door of Bybee Pottery located in Bybee, Kentucky. I assumed it was a photo of their production on that day long ago?
This postcard made me curious about Bybee Pottery so I decided to visit the place several months ago when I still lived in Kentucky. When I got there the pottery place was closed up tight and not a sign of life surrounded the exterior. Perhaps I had come on the wrong day?
Above are the buildings I found that day when I visited. All the attached buildings appeared in great shape but they gave off a ghostly feeling of desertion.
The large sign above the door announced "Bybee Pottery founded 1809!"
I did a little research and found that Bybee Pottery had suspended operation in 2011. I was just two years late in my visit to the place.
Additional research turned up the following information on Wikipedia:
"Bybee Pottery, is a 200-year-old pottery company based in Bybee, a community in Madison County, Kentucky, USA. It was founded in 1809 by Webster Cornelison and members of the same Cornelison family."
Bybee pottery was well known nationwide for their pottery. Once they made just utilitarian pieces but eventually they made decorative pottery items too. Link to an article about the family that has operated this business since its founding.
Below is an example of just one of the many types of Bybee ware that was made by the company.