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


Sundays, August 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Living History Sundays
Pottsgrove Manor's staff and living history volunteers will demonstrate 18th-century trades, crafts, and pastimes.  You may even get to join in!  All ages; suggested donation of $2 per person.

                         Living History Sundays Weekly Events
             *Please note that colonial games will be held each week!*

August 13th: Hornsmithing
                     Tapeloom Weaving

August 20th: Buttermaking
                     Tapeloom Weaving

August 27th: 18th century cooking

Saturday, September 16th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tavern Night at Pottsgrove Manor
Join us for an evening of revelry!  Attendees get to sample beer, wine, cider, and distilled spirits from local vendors.  While enjoying libations and light refreshments, visitors can chat with the modern makers about their trade, learn about the types of alcohol that the Potts family made and bought in the 18th century and enjoy colonial entertainments.  Ages 21& up; fee: $30 per person if pre-registered, $35 per person at the door.  $10 per person for designated drivers in advance or at the door. Click here to register.

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