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

 

Sundays in August from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Living History Sundays
Bring more history to your summer days through Pottsgrove Manor's Living History Sundays.  Every Sunday in August will highlight a different colonial trade or skill, from hearth cooking to textile work; from gardening to games and beyond!  The entire family can learn and try the hand at different historic skills!
All Ages; Suggested $2.00 donation
8/11: Leather working, tape-loom weaving, spinning, and cooking
8/18: Irish stitch purse and cooking
8/25: Gunsmith, embroidery, and cooking


Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Bookbinding I Workshop
Ramon Townsend teaches about the basics of book binding and paper marbling at this workshop.  Books were expensive in the 18th century and as you learn how to hand-bind a single book, the reason why becomes clear.  Participants will be able to then take home their very own hand-bound book, a great keepsake from their new historic skill.
Ages 14+, materials fee $75 per person, class size limited, participants should bring a bagged lunch, payment and registration due by September 7th.  Click here for registration form.

Saturday, September 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Camp Pottsgrove 
While the town of Pottsgrove was situated in the heart of the countryside during the 18th century, it was not immune to the impacts of the Revolutionary War.  From September 18th to the 26th, 1777, Washington and his troops regrouped and resupplied, camping for several days on the land outside the town of Pottsgrove.  Come and visit with soldiers at Camp Pottsgrove to learn about camp life among the Continental troops.
All Ages; Suggested $2.00 donation


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