Pottsgrove Manor

About the Site

Built in 1752 for the Potts family, the home showcases the elegance of early Georgian architecture and tells the history of John and Ruth Potts, their 13 children, and the paid, indentured, and enslaved people who lived and labored here.

Guided tours share the stories of successful ironmaster John Potts- the founder of Pottstown, Justice of the Peace, Judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, elected representative of both Berks and Philadelphia Counties to the Pennsylvania General Assembly- with engaging and researched interpretation of Pottsgrove Manor as the family's home and headquarters.  Visitors to the museum will discover the experience of the Potts family alongside all the people who labored in the home.

Pottsgrove Manor sits on four acres which are part of the County of Montgomery's Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites.  When the Potts first purchased the property, they held 995 acres that ran along the Schuylkill River which eventually came to include Pottsgrove Manor, two grist mills, a forge, and the town of Pottstown.  The Potts family continued to live and develop the town for generations, seeing it grow from less than 20 homes to a thriving borough.

Special programs, workshops, and exhibits continuously highlight the mission of Pottsgrove Manor to connect everyone to 18th century history.  Digital resources including educational videos and online collections can be found throughout our website and social media.  Customized school, homeschool, scout, and adult group tours are available to bring history alive to any age.

Guided Tours

Click Here for a brochure and map of Pottsgrove Manor

2022 Programs 
* All Programs are free and welcome all ages unless noted*

Saturday, September 10th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Colonial Kitchen, Kids Edition
Ever wanted to learn how to make a meal from over 200 years ago?  Now is your chance!  Kids ages 8 to 16 are invited to discover how to prepare a historic favorite-macaroni and cheese-from scratch alongside other colonial confections in the reproduction kitchen hearth and outdoor bake oven.  Guided by museum staff, kids will explore historic foodways from recipe to finished creation.  Uncover what it takes to cook from history!
Ages 8-16, Advanced Registration Required. $25 per child, space is limited.  One parent/chaperone required per family.

Click Here for Colonial Kitchen, Kids Edition Registration Page

Friday, October 21st at 12:00 noon
Digital Program--Autumn History Adventures
With so much to do on crisp autumn days, you get to choose what path to take!  Interactive "Choose Your Own Adventure" style videos allow each viewer to choose how they want to explore the world of Pottsgrove Manor, whether it be indoors learning about the museum or exploring the wider community of 18th century Pottstown.  With so much to do during the harvest season, how will you decide which activities to discover?
Videos premier on Pottsgrove Manor social media and website.

Saturday, November 5th at 1:00pm
Furnace Foundations, the story of Thomas Rutter- A Lecture by Dan Graham
The iron empire that the Potts family eventually cam to dominate was not started by their family, but by Thomas Rutter.  Beginning with Colebrookdale Furnace in 1720, Rutter set the foundation for industry in Pennsylvania.  Discover more about the life of Thomas Rutter and how the Potts family came to power from author Dan Graham.  Deepen your knowledge about our local history at this engaging lecture.

Sunday, December 11th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm
18th Century Holiday Frost Fair
Celebrate the season with Pottsgrove Manor's holiday event, Frost Fair!  Immerse yourself by going through the grounds and talking with the historic vendors and demonstrators about their wares.  Laugh with the whole family at historic puppet shows and musical entertainments!  Wander through the museum as living history interpreters share the history of the holiday season with revelry and treats being made in the historic hearth.  Find the perfect something for every person on your holiday list with local vendors and creators at the holiday market.  Make sure Frost Fairs is part of your holiday traditions!
Follow signs for parking and to free Visitor Shuttle to the grounds.

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

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