Pottsgrove Manor

Guided Tours


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.
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 2021 Programs through December

*All Programs are Free unless noted.  Programs welcome participants of all ages.

Sunday, December 12th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm
18th Century Holiday Frost Fair
Welcome winter like never before at Pottsgrove Manor's new holiday program, an outdoor Frost Fair!  Discover the world of an 18th century winter market with living history demonstrations and a chance to find a perfect gift inspired by the past.  Play popular games from the 1700s that the whole family can enjoy.  Smell the spices from gingerbread being prepared in the outdoor bake oven and see if there is any songs you know being sung in the tavern tent.  Once you have strolled through the fair, journey into the museum to learn about the traditions of a colonial yuletide.  Bring a true sense of history to your holiday season with the Frost Fair at Pottsgrove Manor. Click Here for more information!

2022 programs through june

* All Programs are Free and welcome all ages unless noted*

Fridays, January 14th, 21st, 28th at 12:00 noon EST
Remaking the Past---Online Series (Virtual Event)
Ever see an item in a museum and think how did they make that?  Follow Pottsgrove Manor in this virtual series as we discover how skilled researchers recreate museum pieces to connect us with the material culture of the 1700s.  Learn how 18th century hats, caps, and powder horns share their stories and secrets as we remake objects from the past!
Find these free videos on our Facebook page and website.

Saturday, February 5th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Button Up! Historic Button Making Workshop
Discover a new skill and dress up your historic or modern wardrobe with handmade buttons.  Guests of this workshop will learn about the different types of historic buttons and uncover which are best suited for any style.  From thread shirt buttons to intensive deathhead silk buttons, learn the methods to make historic buttons from the workshop leader Zachary Long.  All supplies will be provided, participants are asked to bring a bagged lunch.  Space is limited and advanced registration is required.
Ages 12+; Materials Fee $25 per person; Register Here

Saturday, March 26th, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Seven Years War Day-- A House Occupied
The year is 1756, and the American colonies find themselves engulfed in war.  Join the 1st Battalion Pennsylvania Regiment as they shake off the winter chill with an early spring unit drill.  Watch as the company of men go through the movements of an 18th century soldier with the most attention to detail then see if you have what it takes to enlist.  Further deepen your knowledge by learning about the Indigenous Peoples experience and views on the conflict.  Interpreters will showcase the brightly colored uniforms and traditional garments worn during the 1750s as well as explain the equipment it took to perform their duty at the time.  Explore the often-overlooked importance of the Seven Years War in our local history with Busse's Company and Indigenous Interpreters.
Rain or Shine

Saturday, May 7th, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Annual Colonial Mayfair
Spend your day on the beautiful grounds of Pottsgrove Manor as we once again welcome the arrival of delightful spring days with historic style at our annual Colonial Mayfair!  Gather with friends and family around the Maypole, with its rainbow ribbons, and see if you can learn the steps of dancing from long ago.  Explore and engage with living historians as trades from the 1700s are brought back to life.  Wander the rows of vendors and find that perfect souvenir to bring into your modern home.  Look out for the roaming historical interpreters who are always looking to showcase the dirty jobs of old.  Historic trade demonstrations, performances of traditional music, laugh-out-loud colonial puppet shows, and the famed Benjamin Franklin's science experiments will delight every member of the family.
Free visitor parking available at Pottstown Memorial Park, located at 75 W. King Street, with a complementary shuttle service to Pottsgrove Manor.  Rain or Shine.

Saturday, June 18th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm
Juneteenth Book Club & "Together in History" Talk
Honor the history of the black experience in America with two Juneteenth programs at Pottsgrove Manor.  Join Professor Emeritus from Shippensburg University, Robert Hewitt, to engage with the history of black labor in Edward E. Baptist's work, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of America, and then share will fellow readers in a guided discussion of the book.
All members of the public are then invited to hear Dr. Hewitt speak on the importance of incorporating Black History into our shared narrative, in the lecture, "Together in History." Deepen your understanding of the past and how labor of exploited people is a part of our shared historic narrative.
Book Club is Ages 14+; Book can be purchased at the Museum Shoppe at Pottsgrove Manor; Book Club participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. 


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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