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, January 18th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Women's Hat Decorating Workshop
Top off your 18th century look with a decorated straw hat!  Learn about different styles and millinery techniques from Lynette Miller, owner of Miller's Millinery.  Each participant will receive a blank hat and be taught the historic techniques to line the hat with silk or cotton fabric as well as creating trimming with ribbons.  Participants will leave this workshop with an exciting new hat to add to their collection.  All materials provided.  Ages 10+; materials fee $65 per person; payment and registration due by January 11th; class size limited; participants should bring a bagged lunch.  Register Here

Saturday, February 8th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Historic Candy Making Demonstration
Chocolate, candies, and all things sweet are in the colonial kitchen at Pottsgrove Manor!  Candy and dessert making demonstrations let you see firsthand how sugar, and expensive ingredient in the 18th century, was used in historic confections.  Visitors will be invited to roll up their sleeves and help the cooks put the finishing touches on a colonial sweet treat.  Discover new and unexpected flavors for your sweet tooth, perfect for your Valentine's Day delight!
All ages; suggested $2.00 donation

Saturday, February 22nd at 1:00 pm
Lecture: "Shaping Democracy: How Blacks Transformed the American Narrative"
Honor the history of the enslaved people who lived and worked in 18th century Pennsylvania with this lecture by tonya thames-taylor, PhD.  A Mississippi native and granddaughter of former sharecroppers. dr. tonya thames-taylor is an Associate Professor of History (American), founding director of the African American Studies Program, and member of the Executive Committee of the Frederick Douglas Institute at West Chester University.  Join us for this important lecture as we look to a deeper understanding of the lives of the enslaved peoples of Pottsgrove Manor.
Suggested $2.00 donation

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