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


Sunday, February 17th at 1:00 pm
Lecture: Coffee in the Kitchen, Tea in the Parlor, and Chocolate in the Dining Room
Uncover the role of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate in the 18th century by exploring the "who, what, when, and where" of these hot beverages in this fascinating lecture.  Presented by Dr. Clarissa Dillon, this lecture will focus on how class status affected the different beverages of colonial life.

Saturday, March 9th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Spring Cooking Workshop
Master cooking in an open hearth and bring full 18th century style to your dishes.  Historic cook, Niel de Marino, will lead participants through the steps needed to complete these colonial foods.  This workshop will focus on cooking in early spring, utilizing what was available and what might have been pickled or preserved from the previous year.
Ages 14+, materials fee $75 per person, payment and registration due by March 2nd, class size limited, participants should bring a bagged lunch.  Register Here.

Saturday, March 30th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Men's Shirt Workshop
April Thomas from Fashion's Revisited leads this workshop on how to hand-sew an 18th century men's shirt.  Bring a new level of authenticity to any 18th century ensemble with a well-researched and constructed men's linen shirt. 
Ages 14+, materials fee $85 per person, payment and registration due by March 23rd, class size limited, participants should bring a bagged lunch.  Registration Available Soon.

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