Tuesday through Saturday at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm
Sunday at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm.
ALL TOURS MUST BE RESERVED 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE THROUGH OUR EVENTBRITE PAGE
January through June 2021 Programs
*All Programs are Free unless noted. Programs welcome participants of all ages.
* Programs are virtual unless noted on the event. You can find our virtual events by clicking here.
* Any program can be cancelled at anytime. If registration cost was paid, a full refund will be given. All on site programming will fully comply with the current guidance on mitigation efforts, including, but not limited to social distancing, appropriate wearing of face masks, and limitation of group size dependent upon venue.
Fridays, January 22, January 29, February 5, and February 12 at 12pm
History at Home with Pottsgrove Manor (Virtual Event)
Start the new year with investigations on how 18th century items have transformed throughout history. From the comfort of your home, we will take in-depth dives into the collections of Pottsgrove Manor and colonial history with this series of online videos and live-stream demonstrations on Pottsgrove Manor's Facebook page. Fill your winter months with these travels through time.
Saturday, March 20th at 11:00am
Iron Communities with Blaenavon Ironworks (Virtual Event)
Discover the impact of iron villages across the Atlantic. Join staff from Pottsgrove Manor and Blaenavon Ironworks World Heritage Site in Wales in a conversation about how iron forges and furnaces shaped their 18th century communities. Learn about how the growing village of Pottsgrove supported the Potts family ironworks and note the parallels to the people in Blaenavon. Following the conversation will be a Q&A session.
Saturday, April 10th at 1:00pm
Music at the Manor (On Site Event)
Join us in the front parlor of the Manor house to hear multi-instrumentalist, Robert Mouland, delight us with a performance highlighting the wide range of colonial music. Let the historic surroundings of the Georgian architecture with the music of early America transport you back in time! Limited space available. Registration required by April 1st. Registration is $10.00 per person. Registration will be posted soon.
Saturday, May 1st from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Annual Colonial Mayfair (On Site Event)
Just as spring arrives, so too does Pottsgrove Manor's Annual Colonial Mayfair! Stroll the market rows of living history vendors, sutlers, and demonstrators to learn about life in the 18th century and find a perfect souvenir! Laugh and clap with the entertainment of the dancing "jig puppets" and find traditional music shows, sleight of hand, and special 18th century inspired performances. The entire family will be delighted as they meet historic interpreters throughout the fair and can play games and join in select demonstrations. Ensure the happy arrival of May with a dance around the Maypole, and kids take-home crafts means fun for everyone. Be sure to mark your calendars to remember to visit the fair!
Saturday, June 12th at 11:00am
Community of Pottsgrove Virtual Roundtable
When the Potts family lived at Pottsgrove Manor, they owned 1,000 acres upon which they eventually built their home, businesses, and a town. Join the staff of Pottsgrove Manor at this virtual roundtable to hear about their own journeys through the original documents about 18th century life in rural Pennsylvania. Learn how this broader and wider picture of the 18th century community surrounding Pottsgrove Manor, from tradesman to enslaved, has enriched the story being told. This roundtable will kick off an exciting summer of digital and in-person programs focused on the lives of those living in John Potts' town.
About the Site 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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- Learn more about Pottsgrove Manor's history.
- Read our Scope of Collections statement.
- Take a virtual tour.
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