Pottsgrove Manor

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.

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.
 

Activities & Opportunities

 

Saturday, January 19th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Women's Cap Workshop- SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 9th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sweet Treats and Historic Candy Making
Enjoy something sweet at Pottsgrove Manor.  18th century candy and dessert making demonstrations will be happening throughout the day in our reproduction kitchen.  Discover new and unexpected flavors for your sweet tooth at Pottsgrove Manor.

Saturday, February 9th at 1:00 pm
True Treats Historic Candy Tasting and Lecture
America's only research based historic candy store, True Treats Historic Candy founded by Susan Benjamin and located in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, will shine a light on the candies of the past.  Register in advance to sample historic sweets, ranging from candied flowers to Turkish Delight.
Post lecture tasting fee $15 per person, payment and registration due by February 2nd.  Register Here. (Tasting NOT required to attend the lecture)

Sunday, February 17th at 1:00 pm
Lecture: Coffee in the Kitchen, Tea in the Parlor, and Chocolate in the Dining Room
Uncover the role of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate in the 18th century by exploring the "who, what, when, and where" of these hot beverages in this fascinating lecture.  Presented by Dr. Clarissa Dillon, this lecture will focus on how class status affected the different beverages of colonial life.


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