Back in West Virginia, exit onto State Route 2 (which follows the Ohio River, and mirrors Oh. Rte. 7 on the opposite side). The first town you enter is Chester, which has the privilege of being “tops” in the state, since it’s West Virginia’s northernmost town.
Drive a few miles south on WV 2 to reach Newell, a town that would be unknown if not for the Homer Laughlin China Company, which makes FiestaWare dishes.
The large, old factory sits on the banks of the Ohio.
[tmt_info =””] You can see FiestaWare being born, by taking the factory tour. You’ll need to make a reservation, though, and arrive at the right time. Details can be found on this website.[/tmt_info]
Drive around to the back of the factory to visit the small outlet store. Inside you’ll find first-quality dishes and cups. Visit on specific weekends throughout the year, and you’ll also be able to buy factory seconds at a big discount. However, you should prepare for long lines on those days!
Note: This trip was first published in 2005.