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, September 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Bookbinding I Workshop
Ramon Townsend teaches about the basics of book binding and paper marbling at this workshop.  Books were expensive in the 18th century and as you learn how to hand-bind a single book, the reason why becomes clear.  Participants will be able to then take home their very own hand-bound book, a great keepsake from their new historic skill.
Ages 14+, materials fee $75 per person, class size limited, participants should bring a bagged lunch, payment and registration due by September 7th.  Click here for registration form.

*CANCELED* Saturday, September 21st
Camp Pottsgrove
Due to certain unfortunate circumstances, Camp Pottsgrove has been canceled.  We invite you to visit us for other great upcoming programs.


Sat., Oct. 12th, 1st Workshop: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2nd Workshop: 1:00 to 3:00
Thankful Sage Farm School Candle Making Workshop
Prepare your home for the long winter hours with handmade candles.  Nichole Gerding, owner of Thankful Sage Farm School, lends her expertise at making beeswax candles.  Learn about the different types of candles in the 18th century while creating your own.
Ages 10+, materials fee $15 per person, payment and registration for the morning or afternoon session due by October 5th, class sized limited.  Click here for registration form

Saturday, October 19th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Potts Cemetery Clean-Up
Meet at the historic Potts cemetery at 230 Chestnut Street in Pottstown to help clean and preserve the grave site of John and Ruth Potts and their descendants.  Join staff and volunteers on this day of service to Pottstown and explore a piece of Potts history that is not always seen.  Participants are asked to dress for weeding and yard work.

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