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, February 24th to Sunday, Nov. 11th during normal museum hours
House Exhibit: Good Night at the Manor
Life does not only happen from sun up to sun down.  Uncover the nighttime happenings and routines of 18th century Pottsgrove Manor!  Work, relaxation, and more made nighttime a lively time of day.  Discover what the Potts family and their household staff would do as the light of day turns into dark.  All ages; suggested $2.00 donation

Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Taking Root at Pottsgrove
Dig into the past as we celebrate the arrival of spring and the opening of our new 18th century kitchen garden!  Learn about the many uses of herbs and plants during the colonial time period.  Thankful Sage Farm School will be partnering with Pottsgrove Manor to share the wonders of plants for practice and pleasure.  In addition to the many gardening inspired activities, join us for a special lecture at 1:00 pm by Clarissa Dillon, our garden consultant.  Visitors will have a chance to take home seeds and make crafts to keep their own garden growing all year!
All ages, suggested $2.00 donation

Saturday, May 5th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Annual Colonial Mayfair
Brush away cold-weather blues and celebrate the arrival of spring the 18th century way!  Our Annual Colonial Mayfair features living history demonstrations where visitors of all ages can learn exciting historic trades and a market place where visitors can explore and purchase great colonial inspired items, but that's not all!  Start your day by joining in the dance around the festive Maypole to kick off the celebration.  Laugh until your sides hurt with an 18th century puppet theater, and be sure not to miss the amazing acts of wonder by the colonial magician.  Visitors, 21 and over, can sample historically inspired adult beverages in our new Tasting Tent featuring local libations! (For folks of all ages, non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for the tasting.)  Snacks and lunch will be available for purchase from Backwoods Brothers Authentic Texas Cuisine so you can spend the whole day with all your needs met.  Free visitor parking is located at Pottstown Memorial Park, 75 West King Street, across from the Pottstown Carousel.  Join us for this exciting celebration of spring!
All ages, suggested $2.00 donation

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