West Virginia has a rich tradition of glassmaking. Thanks to its abundant deposits of the silica sand necessary to make glass, the state once saw as many as 60 glass ventures operating. Today, nearly all are gone, victims of changing technology and foreign competition. The survivors can be counted on the fingers of one hand, with a finger or two left to spare.
The largest of the surviving glassmakers is the Blenko Glass Company, located in the tiny Mountain State town of Milton. Its skilled artisans still craft colorful handmade glassware in much the same way it’s been done for more than 100 years. Blenko, a family-owned and operated company, is housed in a multi-building complex that includes a factory, offices, a warehouse, shipping facilities, and a two-story visitor center. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE