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, October 20th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Harvest Happenings
As the warm days of summer turn into the falling leaves of autumn, take part in the changing of the seasons with living history activities and crafts centered around the happenings of harvest-time.  Everyone in the whole family can take part in the fun and learn what a colonial household would be doing to prepare for the cold days of winter.
All Ages; Suggested $2.00 donation

Saturday, November 10th at 1:00 pm
Lecture: "Stove Plates and Franklin Stoves"
Curious about what makes stove plates so critical to the iron industry?  What do these have to do with the Franklin Stove?  And how do Franklin and the Potts family connect?  Find out the answer to these questions and more as expert, Dan Graham, presents his work on the partnership between the Potts family and Franklin in casting his famous stove.  After the lecture, visitors are encouraged to tour the manor where several original iron pieces can be seen throughout the house.
All Ages, Suggested $2.00 donation

Friday, November 23rd to Sunday, January 6th during normal museum hours
Annual Twelfth Night Tours
Discover the familiar traditions of Twelfth Night as Pottsgrove Manor transforms for the winter season.  Holly and greenery adorn the rooms and guided tour help unwrap te history of the holiday.  Find out how the Potts family, their guests, and the household staff experienced the merry celebration of Twelfth Night.
All Ages, Suggested $2.00 donation

Sunday, December 9th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight
Celebrate Twelfth Night and the holiday season with Pottsgrove Manor!  Tour the candlelit manor as our staff and volunteers bring the evening to life with games, crafts, and colonial entertainment.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of this historic holiday and bring the family to join in the festive traditions with our living history interpreters.  Join in with colonial party games and picture yourself getting dressed and ready for the party in full Georgian style.  Ask historic cook, Niel de Marino, about techniques of hearth cooking and the intricate dishes being prepared.  Find out what is happening upstairs in servant spaces to prepare for and celebrate the holiday as well.  At the end of the tour, try some period refreshments and children's crafts to take home!  Parking is available at the Pottstown Memorial Park, across from the Pottstown Carousel.  Feel the history and spirit of the season by Candlelight.
All Ages, Suggested $2.00 donation

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