Craig and Mark Baynham will share some stories of their family’s pottery history at the next meeting of the Heritage Council of North Augusta.
Milledge Murray, the council’s president, called Baynham Pottery one of the more credible family businesses in North Augusta’s history.
The Baynhams’ ancestor, Joseph Gregory Baynham, operated a pottery and grist mill in the Miles Mill area. In the 1900s, Joseph’s son, Mark, took over his father’s mill, but conflicts between father and son drove Mark to resettle in North Augusta, according to “Great & Noble Jar: Traditional Stoneware of South Carolina” by Cinda K. Baldwin. In 1924, he opened his own shop in North Augusta. In that same period, Mark’s brother, Horace, established a second shop at Baynham Station on the South Carolina Railroad.
Baldwin writes that the Baynhams produced alkaline-glazed stoneware in the Miles Mill area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mark used the alkaline glaze in North Augusta, but Horace used Albany slip at his shop in Miles Mill.
Between 1997 and 1998, the Georgia Archaeological Institute in Augusta excavated more than 600 jugs, jars, bowls and ovoid vessels from the Baynham pottery site near Trenton.
Also of interest is Craig’s history, as he was a former member of both the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. He also spent a year playing for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972.
“It’ll be pretty exciting,” Murray said. “They were in business for a long, long time. The program is going to focus heavily on the pottery aspect and Mark, and we’re pretty excited about it.”
Murray also joked that with Craig’s history, there could be an entire program dedicated just to him.
Also speaking will be Natasha McCants, president of the of Leadership North Augusta Class of 2014. She will speak about the class project, which centered around the Pug Mill under the 13th Street Bridge.
The Heritage Council’s monthly programs meet at the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Each meeting will be the first Tuesday of each month.