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, February 24th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
"Good Night at the Manor" Exhibit Opening and Candlelit Tour
Pottsgrove Manor is diving into the "after hours" activities that our colonial ancestors did from continuing to do work, relaxing from the day, preparing for bed, and more.  To open this new exhibit, Pottsgrove Manor's curator will present a lecture at 4:00 pm.  Following the brief lecture, nighttime tours of the new exhibit will be offered where visitors can see the busy evening routines of the entire household.  Find servants cleaning up after a hard day's work, the Potts family socializing and relaxing, and a few people preparing to go to sleep.  The work is never done at Pottsgrove Manor, even into the candlelit night!  All ages; suggested $2.00 donation

Saturday, February 24th to Sunday, Nov. 11th during normal museum hours
House Exhibit: Good Night at the Manor
Life does not only happen from sun up to sun down.  Uncover the nighttime happenings and routines of 18th century Pottsgrove Manor!  Work, relaxation, and more made nighttime a lively time of day.  Discover what the Potts family and their household staff would do as the light of day turns into dark.  All ages; suggested $2.00 donation

Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
18th Century Cooking Workshop featuring Niel de Marino
Think you could cook without a modern kitchen?  We know you can!  Historic food-ways expert, Niel de Marino, will guide and teach all participants on how to prepare, cook, and serve authentic 18th century dishes.  Learn to cook in the same manner as the Pott's family cooks in our reproduction 18th century kitchen.  Participants will then have the opportunity to enjoy the many tasty dishes created in the class.  Join us for this special workshop, and learn how to impress your friends and family with a dash of 18th century flavor.  Ages 14 and up; materials fee: $40 per person; class size is limited; registration and payment required by March 3rd.  Click here to register.
 


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