Ohio was founded by the Sebring brothers, a family
from East Liverpool, Ohio. They owned and operated many pottery
businesses. The Sebring family dreamed of building their
own pottery town, one that would bear their name and stand
as a memorial to their work and ideals. The Sebrings made
frequent excursions through Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania
in search of a desirable site to build not only potteries
but a new town. They finally decided upon an area in Mahoning
County, 80 miles west of Pittsburgh and five miles east of
Alliance; "The most elevated and healthful tableland
of our state."
In April of
1898, work began on the factories, stores, and homes that would
become known as "Sebring." Sebring was not a boom town
proposition, but an enterprise carefully planned. Miles of paved
streets, sanitary sewers with a modern disposal plant, electric
lighting, two telephone systems, and comfortable homes made Sebring
one of the most pleasant industrial spots in Ohio.
brothers (Oliver, George, Ellsworth, Frederick, and William), their
parents (George and Elizabeth), and their sisters (Eve and Emma),
each built beautiful homes. All but one of these splendid houses
were built on Ohio Avenue. Fred Sebring Chose to build his home
on North 15th Street.
The five beginning
potteries employed approximately 3,300 workers. The pottery industry
flourished for many years, and at one time Sebring was known
as the"Pottery Capital of The World." Other industry
came to Sebring as well. Two cooperage factories served the various
potteries, making the barrels and boxes for the packing of the
pottery products. Other companies included a manufacturer of
porcelain electric fixtures, a company that made enameled kitchenware
and lighting reflectors, and an automobile tire company. In 1912,
Sebring became the site of a factory which produced a motor car,
far ahead of it's time.
Sebring Six was one of the first automobiles to be manufactured.
the firm was only in operation a short time, 25 cars were produced,
and only one model of the "Big Six" was made.
these beginnings Sebring has remained a small, pleasant town
with friendly people, safe streets, and beautiful public parks.
Although only a few pottery "decorating" firms still
remain, other types of manufacturers have located here. Sebring
is hopeful that others will discover, as the Sebring brothers
did, that Sebring is "the most elevated and healthful tableland
of our state."