Pottsgrove Manor

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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, March 18th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Workshop: Beginning Bookbinding
In this class taught by Ramon Townsend of the Colonial Bindery, students will take home a blank book they create, using the methods that were employed from about the first century through the mid-19th century. The students will also be provided step-by-step written instructions to take home. 
Ages: 14 & up; materials fee: $75 per person; participants should bring a bag lunch; class size is limited; pre-registration and payment required by March 4th. Bookbinding registration form

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