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


Until 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

Every Sunday in August from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Living History Sundays  
History is coming alive every Sunday in August as Pottsgrove Manor's staff and volunteers illustrate historic trades, skills, and life.  Join in with our 18th century interpreters and try hands-on-activities!  Colonial games will be happening every week, adding to the fun.  Visitors are also invited to join our guided tours of ironmaster John Potts' manor house to learn and find out more about life in the 1750s. 
All Ages, Suggested $2.00 donation

August 19: Gunsmith and sewing
August 26: 18th century medicine, spinning, and lace making

Saturday, September 15th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Colonial Dyeing Workshop
Transform your whites into something new and learn the methods of natural colonial fabric dyeing.  Ingredients for dyes in the 18th century ranged from exotic items such as bits of dried insects to everyday things such as walnuts, roots, or flowers.  Lead by Deb Peterson, this workshop allows participants to take home different swatches of dyed fabric plus one pair of 18th century stockings.
Ages 10+; materials fee: $25 per person; participants should bring a bag lunch; class size is limited; pre-registration and payment due by September 8th.  Registration available soon.

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