Teapot reason to celebrate in Chester

Since 2015, residents of Chester and neighboring communities have gathered to celebrate one of the more unique attractions of the Upper Ohio Valley.

The tradition will continue Saturday with the observance of Teapot Day in the city’s downtown.

It will be a day of music, food, craft vendors and more. The 2022 Fiestaware holiday ornament also will be available for purchase.

What is now known as the World’s Largest Teapot started out as an advertising barrel for Hires Root Beer in the early 1900s. David Strickler, a pharmacist in Latrobe, Pa., later bought the barrel and developed it into a clubhouse for his Big Barrel Links miniature golf course.

During the Great Depression, Strickler sold the barrel to Chester businessman William “Babe” Devon in 1938 and, after some alterations, it was dubbed the “World’s Largest Teapot.” Set up to join the chain of Lincoln Highway roadside attractions, it was used as a place to sell locally made pottery, hot dogs and other souvenirs.

Its ownership changed hands numerous times during the years, until it was closed in 1980 and moved into storage at the old Harker Pottery site. The people of Chester, though, rallied to save it, moving it to its current location in 1990 and organizing various renovation projects in 2007, 2011 and again in 2015.

It remains an icon of our local landscape, and is recognizable to people from across the nation.

We thank all those who have been involved in the Teapot’s preservation over the years, especially Susan Hineman who has been at the head of various fundraisers and event planning to bring attention to our local landmark.

We encourage our area residents, whether you are from Chester or elsewhere, to stop by the festivities Saturday and celebrate this point of pride as the community works to preserve it for years to come.


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