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

 

Until 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, July 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
French and Indian War Muster Day
The Pennsylvania Provincial Army needs YOU!  Join French and Indian War interpreters from the 1st and 3rd Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment and uncover what soldier life entailed in the 1750s.  The French and Indian War, also called the Seven Years War, raged throughout the colonies from 1754 to 1763 as British forces fought French forces, settlers, and Native Americans for control of the New World's resources.  Come and see Living Historians in action to learn about the crucial time in colonial life.
All ages, Suggested $2.00 donation

Every Sunday in August from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Living History Sundays  
History is coming alive every Sunday in August as Pottsgrove Manor's staff and volunteers illustrate historic trades, skills, and life.  Join in with our 18th century interpreters and try hands-on-activities!  Colonial games will be happening every week, adding to the fun.  Visitors are also invited to join our guided tours of ironmaster John Potts' manor house to learn and find out more about life in the 1750s. 
All Ages, Suggested $2.00 donation
August 5: Spinning
August 12: Hornsmith and Tape weaving/textiles
August 19: Gunsmith and sewing
August 26: 18th century medicine and spinning

Saturday, August 11th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
A Georgian Dinner
Sit down for a three course Georgian dinner prepared completely in our 18th century reproduction kitchen.  Watch as historic foodways expert, Deb Peterson, prepares dishes through hearth cooking techniques and then present them to your table.  Enjoy history firsthand through your taste buds at Pottsgrove Manor. Space is limited. Registration and payment is due by August 3rd.
Ages 21+, $50 per person, Click Here for Registration

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