2018 Events at Pottsgrove Manor

Saturday, April 14th from 11am-3pm
Taking Root at Pottsgrove

Dig into the past as we celebrate the arrival of spring and the opening of our new 18th century kitchen garden! Learn about the many uses of herbs and plants during the colonial time period. Thankful Sage Farm School will be partnering with Pottsgrove Manor to share in wonders of plants for practice and pleasure. In addition to the many gardening inspired activities, join us for a special lecture at 1pm by Clarissa Dillion, our garden consultant.  Visitors will have a chance to take home seeds and make crafts to keep their own garden growing all year!All Ages; Suggested $2.00 Donation

Saturday, May 5th from11am-5pm
Annual Colonial Mayfair

Brush away cold-weather blues and celebrate the arrival of spring the 18th Century way! Our Annual Colonial Mayfair features living history demonstrations where visitors of all ages can learn exciting historic trades and a marketplace where visitors can explore and purchase great colonial inspired items, but that’s not all! Start your day off by joining in the dance around the festive Maypole to kick off the celebration. Laugh until your sides hurt with an 18th century puppet theater, and be sure not to miss the amazing acts of wonder by the colonial magician. Visitors, 21 and over, can sample historically inspired adult beverages in our new Tasting Tent featuring local libations! (For folks of all ages, non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for the tasting.) Snacks and lunch will be available for purchase by local food vendors so you can spend the whole day with all your needs met. Free visitor parking is located at Pottstown Memorial Park, 75 West King Street, across from the Pottstown Carousel. Join us for this exciting celebration of spring!      All Ages; Suggested $2.00 Donation

Saturday June 16th from 11am-3pm
Gentleman’s Day

Celebrate the history of fatherhood in Colonial America! Compare your modern skills with the skills needed by gentlemen in the 18th century. Join us for hearth cooking, hands-on activities highlighting different trades, and colonial games. Bring the entire family and let our living history interpreters teach the men in your life to become a true colonial gentleman.All Ages; Suggested $2.00 Donation

Saturday, July 21st from 11am-3pm
French and Indian War Muster Day

The Pennsylvania Provincial Army needs You! Join French and Indian War interpreters from the 1st and 3rd Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment and uncover what soldier life entailed in the 1750s. The French and Indian War, also called the Seven Years War, raged throughout the colonies from 1754 to 1763 as British forces fought French settlers and Native Americans for control of the New World’s resources. Come and see Living Historians in action to learn about this crucial time in colonial life.All Ages; Suggested $2.00 Donation

Every Sunday in August from 1pm-4pm
Living History Sundays

History is coming alive every Sunday in August as Pottsgrove Manor’s staff and volunteers illustrate historic trades, skills, and life. Join in with our 18th century interpreters and try on hands-on-activities! Colonial games will be happening every week, adding to the fun. Visitors are also invited to join our guided tours of ironmaster John Potts manor house to learn and find out more about life in the 1750s. Activities will vary each week so visit the Pottsgrove Manor website or call to discover what will be happening the weekends you’d like to visit. All Ages; Suggested $2.00 Donation

Saturday, August 11th from 4pm-7pm
A Georgian Dinner

Sit down for a three course Georgian dinner prepared completely in our 18th century reproduction kitchen. Watch as our historic cook, Deb Peterson, prepares dishes through hearth cooking techniques and then present them to your table. Starters, an entrée, and dessert allow visitors to truly taste history! Candlelight tables and colonial entertainments add to the historic atmosphere and dining experience. Enjoy history firsthand through your taste buds at Pottsgrove Manor.  Ages 21+; dinner tickets $50 per person; Registration due August 3rd

Saturday, September 15th 11am-3pm
Colonial Dyeing Workshop

Transform your whites into something new and learn the methods of natural colonial fabric dyeing. Ingredients for dyes in the 18th century could be exotic items such as bits of dried insects to everyday things such as walnuts, roots, or flowers. Deb Peterson will lead this workshop and participants can take home different swatches of dyed fabric plus one pair of 18th century style stockings.Ages 10+; $25 per person; register by September 8th and bring a bagged lunch.

Saturday, October 20th from 11am-3pm
Harvest Happenings

As the warm days of summer turn into the falling leaves of autumn, take part in the changing of the seasons with living history activities centered around the happenings of harvest-time. Apple butter making, cider pressing, historic crafts, and more bring history alive. Everyone in the whole family can take part in the fun and learn what a colonial household would be doing to prepare for the cold days of winter. All Ages; Suggested $2.00 Donation

Saturday, November 10th at 1pm
Lecture: “Stove Plates and Franklin Stoves”

Curious about what makes stove plates so critical to the iron industry? What do these have to do with the Franklin Stove? And how do Franklin and the Potts family connect? Find out the answer to these questions and more as expert Dan Graham presents his work on the partnership between the Potts family and Franklin in casting his famous stove. After the lecture, visitors are encouraged to tour the manor where several original iron pieces, including stoveplates, can be seen throughout the house.All Ages; Suggested $2.00 Donation

Friday Nov 23rd 2017 to Sunday January 6th, 2019 during normal museum hours
Special Exhibit: Twelfth Night Tours

Discover the familiar traditions of Twelfth Night as Pottsgrove Manor transforms for the winter season. Holly and greenery adorn the rooms and guided tours help unwrap the history of the holiday. Learn about the delicious seasonal desserts such as the Twelfth Night Cake. See what kind of treats and gifts the Potts children might receive. Uncover the long hours and special tasks the servants would have to do to prepare for the yuletide season. Find out how the Potts Family, their guests, and the household staff experienced the merry celebration of Twelfth Night. All Ages; Suggested $2.00 Donation

Sunday, December 9th from 2pm-8pm
Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight

Celebrate Twelfth Night and the holiday season with Pottsgrove Manor! Tour the candlelit manor as our staff and volunteers bring the evening to life with games, crafts, and colonial entertainment. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this historic holiday and bring the family to join in the festive traditions with our living history interpreters. Join in with colonial party games and picture yourself getting dressed and ready for the party in full Georgian style. Ask historic cook, Niel de Marino, about techniques of hearth cooking and the intricate dishes being prepared. Find out what is happening upstairs in servant spaces to prepare for and celebrate the holiday as well. At the end of the tour, try some period refreshments and children’s crafts to take home! Parking is available at Pottstown Memorial Park, across the street from the Pottstown Carousal. Feel the history and spirit of the season at Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight. All Ages; Suggested $2.00 Donation