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, 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.  Register Here.

Saturday, April 13th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Ruth's Spring Cleaning
Are your cleaning skills up to the Potts standards?  Learn about 18th century cleaning techniques and methods to brush away the cobwebs.  Lend a hand with laundry and discover the surprising materials in colonial soaps.  See if you can mend something old into something new for spring.
All ages; Suggested $2.00 donation

Saturday, May 4th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Annual Colonial Mayfair
Gather the entire family for a day of historic delight at Pottsgrove Manor's Annual Colonial Mayfair.  Stroll through the rows of vendors and historic demonstrations to find unique goods and learn about many different colonial trades.  Take part in dancing around the Maypole and race alongside your hoop and stick!  The Tasting Tent returns with samples for everyone, including craft sodas for those under 21 and local libations for adults as well (IDs will be checked).  Sing along with musicians, marvel at magicians, and see if you can find the Rat-catcher roaming the grounds.  Stay the whole day at this celebration of the changing seasons.  Free visitor parking available at Pottstown Memorial Park, located at 75 W King Street.
All Ages; Suggested $2.00 donation

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