Crocker Farm Acquires Gorsuch Barn

By Crocker Farm | September 7, 2010

Our new headquarters and auction venue.

Our new headquarters and auction venue.

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have purchased the historic Gorsuch Barn in Sparks, Maryland, as our new headquarters and auction venue. The Gorsuch Barn was built in 1841 for John M. Gorsuch, a prominent Maryland landowner who farmed wheat and corn off of his hundreds of acres of land near Glencoe Village, Maryland. A stone barn, it was decorated with what has been called “the finest example in Maryland of brick louvers set in native stone.” The striking red brick louvers, or vents, were placed into the structure in what is often called a “sheaf of wheat” pattern. It was the theft of wheat from the Gorsuch farm that ultimately resulted in the famous Christiana Riot of 1851, in which the barn’s then-owner, Edward Gorsuch, was killed by a group of free blacks in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Gorsuch had attempted to reclaim slaves who had presumably stolen his wheat and then fled his farm, but the bloodshed that resulted helped further divide the nation over the issue of slavery and fomented anger amongst Southerners, including Baltimorean John Wilkes Booth, a close friend and classmate of Gorsuch’s son. Though it took place almost a decade before the conflict of the same name, the Christiana Riot was described in one newspaper headline as “the first blow” of “Civil War.”

We are thrilled to be able to acquire this historic property, and are in the process of converting it into a first-class auction facility. Our intention is to make the Gorsuch Barn the auction home for stoneware and redware in the United States. Our address is now 15900 York Road, Sparks, MD 21152, which is located just off of Interstate 83, about thirty minutes south of our old auction location at the York Expo Center. As we prepare our new building for its grand opening, we are also, of course, gearing up for our Fall 2010 auction, and will be loading our first photos of featured lots onto the website on Wednesday, September 8. We will soon be firming up the exact date.

We cannot emphasize strongly enough the unique opportunity that our first auction in our new building will present for you to showcase your stoneware and redware. If you are considering selling your pottery, we feel that this inaugural auction, presented in an atmosphere that we have never before been able to achieve at our previous locations, will attract a record-breaking crowd of serious bidders. Please feel free to contact us for a free evaluation of your pottery. Our seller’s commission is still 11%.

Stay tuned to our website for more exciting news as Crocker Farm continues to grow, and, as always, if we can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to call or email us. Thank you all for your support over the many years, and we look forward to the future in our new home!


2 Comments

Tim Brown on April 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm.

I just purchase a 5 gallon whiskey jug that has a cobalt 5 with an Indians head surrounded by stars, I cant find any info on maker or price, it is in perfect condition. white with brown top. Thanks

Brandt Zipp on April 18, 2012 at 9:31 am.

Hi Tim,

Just for future reference, the best way to contact us for these sorts of inquiries is via this page: http://www.crockerfarm.com/contact/. But what you have there is almost certainly a piece of Louisville Stoneware, from their “Cherokee” line, made around the first quarter of the twentieth century. The value unfortunately does not tend to be very great; without seeing a photo, it should be worth somewhere under $100. Hope this helps!

Best,
Brandt

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