Located in Chester, this 14-foot teapot is the largest in the world. The teapot represents the significance of the pottery industry in the region since 1938. In 1990, the restoration of this teapot was conducted and completed by a group of citizens from the City of Chester, WV. The World's Largest Teapot has become a major tourist attraction attracting a number of visitors from all over the United States. Come and visit there to learn more about the history behind this giant teapot.
In 1938, William Devon purchased the barrel in Pennsylvania
and shipped it to Chester. After that, the Chester Teapot was constructed by
William Devon on Carolina Avenue (also known as State Route 2). As a gigantic
wooden hogshead barrel, the Chester Teapot used in advertising campaign of Hire’s
Root Beer. With a unique design “A spout and handle were added at this time and
the wooden barrel was covered with tin to form the teapot's shape. A large glass
ball was placed on top to make the knob of the lid” (1). To run a concession and souvenir shop, the
local teenagers were hired to work inside the Teapot. It created the new image
for Devon’s project.
The Chester Teapot was closed for two years during the World
War II, and in 1947, the Chester Teapot and Devon’s pottery business were sold
to Mary Wecherer and Rhelda Cain. The teapot was used to sell food as well as
lawn and garden items. The teapot was operating for business’s profit until the
Thereafter, once again in 1971, the Teapot was purchased by
Cecil and Alice Fletcher. The Fletcher had painted the Teapot by the colors of
blue and while. And they continued their business by selling pottery and
souvenir. However, the Fletchers finally closed their business and shut down the
Chester Teapot afterward.
In 1984, C&P Telephone purchased the land where the
Teapot stood on. The old building was dismantled and the Teapot was in danger
of being torn down. To deal with this danger, a group of citizens led by a
Chester native- Geneva Hill was formed to take an action for saving and preserving
the Chester Teapot.
After 3 years, in 1987, the Councilwoman Anne Ford had
formed a restoration committee to conduct saving project of The Chester Teapot.
The restoration of Chester Teapot was started and the teapot was moved to
various places in Chester. However, many problems and debates came up and
finally the Ford’s committee was disbanded and Chester Teapot’s restoration
Thereafter, the Teapot was moved to Jennings Randolph Bridge
Ramp which is known as a heavily trafficked area at the junction of State Route
2 and U.S. Route 30. Furthermore, the State had donated the property and a
fence surround the Chester Teapot. And Tri-State Pottery Festival Association
had donated a concrete pad to place the Teapot on. In the summer of 1990, the
Teapot’s restoration was completely finished by Sayre Graham, Mayor Roy
Cashdollar and other volunteers.
The Chester Teapot performed itself in the original colors
of red and white. On October 12, 1990, the Chester Teapot was dedicated at a
ceremony held in Chester’s community center.The Chester Teapot is also known as the World’s
Largest Teapot and has become a local attraction where attract a large number
of visitors to stop by in their journey