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, June 22nd from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Brewing and Distilling Day
From breakfast to dinner, some kind of alcoholic beverage was a staple of the colonial diet.  Discover the process of brewing and distilling from our experts and uncover how beer, cider, and spirits were used for food, flavoring, and medicine.  Samples are available for those 21+.  IDs will be checked at the door.
All Ages; Suggested $2.00 donation

Saturday, July 20th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
18th Century Science Day
Discover something electric in the air and take part in the science experiments from Colonial America.  Expand your knowledge of the 18th century science with Benjamin Franklin and take part in some of his famous scientific experiments.  Appreciate how math and science shaped everyday colonial life from surveying land, exploring plant life, and shopping for medicine at the apothecary.  Look to the skies and uncover the importance of the transient of Venus to scientists.  Find out if you are the next great colonial thinker at Pottsgrove Manor.
All Ages; Suggested $2.00 donation


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