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


Sat., Oct. 12th, 1st Workshop: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2nd Workshop: 1:00 to 3:00
Thankful Sage Farm School Candle Making Workshop
Prepare your home for the long winter hours with handmade candles.  Nichole Gerding, owner of Thankful Sage Farm School, lends her expertise at making beeswax candles.  Learn about the different types of candles in the 18th century while creating your own.
Ages 10+, materials fee $15 per person, payment and registration for the morning or afternoon session due by October 5th, class sized limited.  Click here for registration form

Saturday, October 19th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Potts Cemetery Clean-Up
Meet at the historic Potts cemetery at 230 Chestnut Street in Pottstown to help clean and preserve the grave site of John and Ruth Potts and their descendants.  Join staff and volunteers on this day of service to Pottstown and explore a piece of Potts history that is not always seen.  Participants are asked to dress for weeding and yard work.

Saturday, November 9th at 1:00 pm
Lecture:  The Potts Family at Warwick Furnace
Historian and author Dan Graham will give insight into how the Potts family became involved with Warwick Furnace, and how they transformed it into their most successful business.  This lecture is perfect for iron history and new enthusiasts alike.
All Ages; Suggested $2.00 donation

Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Autumn Cooking Workshop
Niel de Marino, expert historic cook, leads this hands-on hearth cooking workshop.  With the harvest complete, learn how colonial cooks would use local ingredients to create stunning dishes.
Ages 14+; materials fee $75 per person; class size limited, participants should bring a bagged lunch; Click here for registration

Fri., November 29th to Sun., January 5th, 2020 during normal museum hours
Twelfth Night Tours
Uncover the origins of many holiday traditions alongside some forgotten favorites on guided tours of Pottsgrove Manor.  The entire house will be transformed for the season, sharing the stories of both the endless preparations done by the household staff and the celebrations that the Potts family would have enjoyed.
All Ages; Suggested $2.00 donation

Sunday, December 15th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight
The manor comes alive right before your eyes and welcomes everyone to experience the elegance of an 18th century Twelfth Night party, illuminated by candlelight.  Roam through the parlors, full of fun and games, and see if anyone upstairs needs help with their party preparations.  Find out what the household staff is doing behind the scenes to keep the festivities going all night long.  Warm yourself by the kitchen fire and learn how to prepare the delicious Georgian desserts central to every Twelfth Night party.  Living history interpreters will be throughout the house, bringing the history of the holidays to you and your entire family.  Light refreshments and kids crafts will be available after the tour.  Free visitor parking available at Pottstown Memorial Park, located at 75 West King Street.  A shuttle will bring visitors to Pottsgrove Manor for the evening.
All Ages; Suggested $2.00 donation

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