2021 Programs through December
*All Programs are Free unless noted. Programs welcome participants of all ages.
Saturdays, August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Open House Days-Historic Cooking and Collections Curiosities
See select 18th century items from the Pottsgrove Manor collection up close and ask your questions for the curator one weekend while summer treats are also being created in the reproduction kitchen the next. Visit every week to see something from our cook and our collections. The first floor of the museum will be open for visitors to view at their leisure.
- August 7th: Collections Curiosity, Etui, a small decorative case for holding personal items, owned by Jonathan Potts
- August 14th: Historic Cooking, fruity colonial waters
- August 21st: Collections Curiosity, 18th century calash, or collapsible women's bonnet
- August 28th: Historic Cooking, Ice Cream
Fridays, September 10th, 17th, and 24th, at 12:00 noon
Growing Up Potts-- Digital Series
Discover unique stories from the Potts children that highlight what it was like to grow up as a Potts in a changing 18th century world. Learn about gender roles within the family and how children were educated and brought into the family and how children were educated and brought into the family business with specific stories about the lives of some of the 13 children. With primary sources and family pieces highlighted throughout, view the Potts children through a whole new lends with this online series!
Saturday, October 16th, at 1:00 pm
German Fraktur and Pennsylvania Folk Art: Lecture by Brandyn Charleston
Learn about fraktur and traditional Pennsylvania Germanic art with artist Brandyn Charleston, owner of "At the Sign of the Black Bear." From book covers to dowry chests and treasured documents, discover the origins of these distinctive designs and how they impacted the culture of our region. This indoor lecture will be followed by a Q&A session.
Sunday, December 12th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm
18th Century Holiday Frost Fair
Welcome winter like never before at Pottsgrove Manor's new holiday program, an outdoor Frost Fair! Discover the world of an 18th century winter market with living history demonstrations and a chance to find a perfect gift inspired by the past. Play popular games from the 1700s that the whole family can enjoy. Smell the spices from gingerbread being prepared in the outdoor bake oven and see if there is any songs you know being sung in the tavern tent. Once you have strolled through the fair, journey into the museum to learn about the traditions of a colonial yuletide. Bring a true sense of history to your holiday season with the Frost Fair at Pottsgrove Manor.
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.
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