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, October 14th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Living History: "Fall Into Fun"
Celebrate the Fall season at Pottsgrove Manor with an 18th Century twist!  Kids can discover the many activities of a colonial household as it counts down the autumn days to prepare for winter.  Also featured will be easy and fun fall-themed make-and-take crafts for young visitors.  All ages; suggested donation $2 per person.

Saturday, November 4th, at 1:00 pm
Lecture: "Penn to Potts; a Convenient Tract of Land"
In 1751, Warwick Furnace iron master, John Potts, obtained two parcels of land containing almost 1,000 acres from Samuel McCall Jr., a Philadelphia merchant.  Discover the real estate details as historians Dan Graham tells about the acquisition and history of Pottsgrove Manor's land and surrounding properties.  All ages; suggested donation $2 per person.

Friday, November 24th through Sunday, January 6th during regular hours
Twelfth Night Tours
Enjoy a guided tour of Pottsgrove Manor, decorated with greens and holly for the Yuletide season.  Learn about traditional English celebrations of Twelfth Night and how they differed from our modern Christmas celebrations.  All ages; suggested donation of $2 per person.

Sunday, December 10th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight
Tour the museum by candlelight as Living Historians portray its colonial residents.  From music in the parlor to hearth cooking in the kitchen, take in the sights and sounds of the 18th century holiday season.  Afterward, enjoy tasty refreshments while the kids make seasonal crafts to take home!  All ages; suggested donation of $2 per person.

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