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 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

Saturday, March 21st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Block Printing Workshop
Bring some color and pattern to your wardrobe with a hand-printed kerchief.  April Thomas, owner of Fashions Revisited, will teach participants about different styles of fabric printing during the 18th century.  During this workshop, each participant will receive a blank kerchief in which they will then learn how to decorate by using the colonial technique of block printing.
Ages 14+; materials fee $35 per person; participants should bring a bagged lunch.

Saturday, April 4th at 11:00 am
"Physician, Patriot, Potts" Exhibit Opening Day
Join us as we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Jonathan Potts with a lecture detailing his major achievements and temporary struggles.  Fort Ticonderoga Curator, Matthew Keagle, will open this exhibit with a lecture on the context of Dr. Potts' vital role managing the Northern Army's Medical Department.  After the lecture, be amongst the first visitors to explore our new exhibit detailing the life of Dr. Jonathan Potts which will be led by Pottsgrove Manor staff.
Suggested $2.00 donation

April 4th through September 27th during normal business hours
Physician, Patriot, Potts: An Exhibit on Dr. Jonathan Potts
Born in 1745, Jonathan was the seventh child of John and Ruth Potts.  Formally educated at some of the top academic institutions of the 18th century, Jonathan fought through turmoil to become the valedictorian of the first medical class in North America.  As war broke out with Great Britain, Dr. Potts closed his medical practice in Reading in order to volunteer for the Patriot cause.  Gaining an appointment to the Northern Department, Dr. Potts established a name for himself while overseeing the care of soldiers at multiple forts throughout the Lake George region of New York and Vermont.  Following his time with the Northern Department, Jonathan returned to Pennsylvania and played an important role for the care of the troops during the Valley Forge Encampment.  Explore the world of Dr. Jonathan Potts by examining 18th century artifacts and documents pertaining to his life.
Suggested $2.00 donation

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