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, June 3rd from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Herbs for Use and Pleasure
Throughout the colonial time period, gardens were cultivated not only for their beauty but as an important source for useful commodities.  Join us as we explore how herbs were used in everything from tasty food dishes to medicinal concoctions.  In the kitchen, watch the cooks prepare historic dishes, and young visitors can create make-and-take herbal crafts.  At 1:00 pm, master gardener, Jane Irvin-Klotz, will present her talk "Lavender, Wow, I didn't know that!"  Experience the many practical, and pretty purposes of 18th Century herbs!  All ages, suggested donation $2 per person.


Saturday, July 22nd from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Living History: "Jack of all Trades"
Tradesmen and specialized artisans formed a large part of the colonial world, a world where nearly everything was handmade or built by a worker highly specialized in their craft.  "Smiths" working with iron, tin, or other metals, as well as many other craftsman, provided practical and luxury goods to colonial buyers.  Come see what's being made! 
All ages; suggested $2 donation per person.


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