Pottsgrove Manor

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Pottsgrove Manor exemplifies the restrained elegance of early Georgian architecture popular with wealthy English gentry during the mid-18th century. Built in 1752 for John Potts, ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, the mansion was situated on a nearly 1,000 acre plantation, which by 1762 included the town of "Pottsgrove."

As a successful ironmaster and merchant, John Potts, was appointed Justice of the Peace and Judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. He was elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly from both Berks and Philadelphia Counties.

Although only four acres of original property remain today, Pottsgrove Manor has lost none of its original charm and architectural beauty. The sandstone exterior, elegant interior and fine furnishings reflect the eminence that the Potts family had attained before selling the property in 1783. The mansion has been restored to recreate the lifestyle and times of the Potts family. Pottsgrove Manor is open year-round for guided tours, as well as public programs, school tours, lectures, and workshops. A museum shop on site offers a fine selection of 18th century reproduction items, books, toys, and more.

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$2 per person.

Activities & Opportunities


Saturday, March 25th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: "We Breakfast Deliciously"
Before they could 'rise and shine' and get about their daily tasks, the Potts family would have enjoyed a tasty breakfast.  See what's on the menu as Pottsgrove Manor's cooks prepare typical fare for an 18th century morning.  All ages.

Saturday, April 8th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Workshop: Redware Sgraffito Plate
Learn the sgraffito technique used by early Pennsylvania potters as taught by Denise Wilz of Wilz Pottery.  Sgraffito, meaning to "scratch," is a method where students will draw & scratch a design of their choosing in a damp clay coating on a redware plate.  Afterwards, the plates will be glazed, fired and returned for participants to pick up or have shipped.  Ages 12-15 with adult or 16 and older.  Registration is $40 per person.  In addition to the registration fee, there is a material fee that varies depending on the plate size: $25 for a 7" plate, and $35 for a 10" plate.  Redware registration form

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