About the Site 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.
- Learn more about Pottsgrove Manor's history.
- Read our Scope of Collections statement.
- Take a virtual tour.
Activities & Opportunities
Saturday, May 2nd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Annual Colonial Mayfair
Welcome the arrival of spring the colonial way with a colorful dance around the Maypole to kick off our annual Colonial Mayfair! Discover rows of vendors with 18th century reproduction and hand-made items for sale to freshen up your outfit or home. Laugh and clap with the entertainment of the dancing "jig puppets" and find something to sample at the Tasting Tent, with historic and local libations for visitors of age or craft soda for all. Performances of traditional music, sleight of hand, and a special "magic elixir" will delight the entire family while roaming interpreters throughout the entire fair are sure to bring history to life. Historic demonstrations and performances make this fair one you don't want to miss. Free visitor parking available at Pottstown Memorial Park, located at 75 W. King Street, with a complimentary shuttle service to Pottsgrove Manor.
All ages; suggested $2.00 donation
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