Campbell Pottery Store

History of the Property

About the Barn

Bill and Jane Campbell bought a 22 acre property in 1991 which included the old farmhouse, a 100+ year old barn, a family garage, and a pond down the hill. The barn had not been used as a dairy for many years when they got it, and was just a big empty shell. Bill used it for clay storage at first. When they envisioned a store, they needed an architect to help them figure out how to make that happen, in stages, as finances allowed.

First they made the tool shed on the north end into a small store. Next they put up walls and a ceiling and built a hallway for products, a small office, and a restroom. Next they put in a kitchen, then the big south showroom, the loft, and four staircases. Looking at it now, it is hard to remember when it was all open space. The last project was the basement, which had peeling white washed beams and a dirt floor. That level was turned into storage space, as well as the wonderful Stonewall Gallery, with original fieldstone walls.

Renovations were challenging, even for a superior contractor, because of the odd angles and beams to contend with. His team did an excellent job of making the barn a safe and attractive home for the store, while preserving as much of the original character of the barn as possible. Visitors marvel at the solid tree trunks supporting the structure, some with bark still attached.

Some parts of the barn are NOT heated or air conditioned, and you can “see daylight” through all the cracks. This is one of the reasons the Campbell Pottery Store is closed in January and February. It’s just too cold to shop, and with the imperative of Christmas shopping over, people lose interest in traveling out to the middle of nowhere on slippery roads. Store staff uses this time to repair, repaint, go to gift shows, and reinvent the offerings for spring, ready to open each March 1st, at 10 am, refreshed and excited about the new season.

NOTE: once the barn was complete, The Campbells had a large airy pavilion constructed out back for outdoor events in warm weather. There are demos out there, and many visitors enjoy a picnic lunch and a stroll through the lily fields in July. The Campbells do not sell the lilies, but enjoy their color and beauty right where they are planted.