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Posted on: March 11, 2021

Pottsgrove Manor Announces Spring Events

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POTTSTOWN, PA – Join us at Pottsgrove Manor for virtual and in-person colonial-themed events throughout the spring season. Iron Communities with Blaenavon Ironworks will be held virtually. Music in the Manor with Robert Mouland, and Pottsgrove Manor’s Annual Colonial Mayfair will be held in-person.

Pottsgrove Manor is following all updated CDC guidelines for the mitigation of COVID-19 at the facility including mandatory mask wearing, social distancing, and capacity limits. All visitors must follow these guidelines.

Iron Communities with Blaenavon Ironworks (Virtual Event)
Saturday, March 20 at 11 a.m.

Bring history to your home and view Pottsgrove Manor and Blaenavon Ironworks’ livestream conversation about the history of local iron production in both Pennsylvania and Wales in the United Kingdom. This no-cost program will be livestreamed to anyone across the globe on Pottsgrove Manor’s Facebook page on Saturday, March 20, at 11 a.m.

Pottgrove Manor’s Historic Site Supervisor Neil Hobbins and Museum Educator Ann Shipley with Roger Morgan from Blaenavon Ironworks’ events team will share research and stories about their local communities. They will also compare and contrast the ways that industry impacted the physical and social landscapes of each area. Following their conversation, they will answer questions and reflect on the stories presented.

Music at the Manor (In-Person Event)
Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m.

A limited number of seats are available for a unique musical concert held at Pottsgrove Manor. Talented multi-instrumentalist Robert Mouland will play music from the 18th-century and highlight the importance of music to colonial life. The concert will be on Saturday, April 10, at 1 p.m and tickets are $10 per person. 

Robert Mouland is dedicated to the study of 18th-century and Irish music. He has played at historic sites across Philadelphia and can regularly be found playing at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Attendees to Pottsgrove Manor’s concert will be able to listen and learn about the stories and connections music has throughout history. 

Preregistration is required and the registration form can be found on Pottsgrove Manor’s website. Registration with payment of cash, check, or money order enclosed required by April 1. 

Annual Colonial Mayfair (In-Person Event)
Saturday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the arrival of spring on Saturday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pottsgrove Manor’s Annual Colonial Mayfair. This outdoor event is a suggested $2 donation and brings an 18th-century style market fair to life with vendors, performances, and living history demonstrations that everyone can enjoy. 

Start the day by gathering around the colorful Maypole and then laugh along with Tucker’s Tales historic puppet shows and songs. Stroll through the vendor tents to see what hand made items are available. Living history demonstrations highlight the crafts and trades that were practiced in colonial Pennsylvania, from sewing and textile work to beer brewing and shoe making. See what plants are appearing in the kitchen garden and then discover what historic foods are being created in the outdoor bake-oven. The first floor of the historic home of the Potts family will be open for visitors. Kids can grab take-home crafts to keep the history going at home. Join in and play historic games and meet with some cheerful characters who roam about the fair. Welcome the arrival of spring with history at Mayfair.

The public is asked to register before attending the Colonial Mayfair at www.pottsgrovemanor.eventbrite.com. Follow on-site directions for parking. This program is rain or shine. 

ABOUT 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 wide selection of 18th century reproduction items, books, toys, and more.

Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street, Pottsgrove, PA 19464. (Near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422 near the Carousel at Pottsgrove and Manatawny Green Miniature Golf Course) Pottsgrove Manor is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites. For more information, please call (610) 326-4014 or visit www.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor. Members of the public can also like Pottsgrove Manor on Facebook or follow us on Instagram for updates. 

Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco, kcofrancisco@montcopa.org

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