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 through June
* All Programs are free and welcome all ages unless noted*

Saturday, June 18th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm
Juneteenth Book Club & "Together in History" Talk
Honor the history of the black experience in America with two Juneteenth programs at Pottsgrove Manor.  Join Professor Emeritus from Shippensburg University, Robert Hewitt, to engage with the history of black labor in Edward E. Baptist's work, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of America, and then share will fellow readers in a guided discussion of the book.
All members of the public are then invited to hear Dr. Hewitt speak on the importance of incorporating Black History into our shared narrative, in the lecture, "Together in History." Deepen your understanding of the past and how labor of exploited people is a part of our shared historic narrative.
Book Club is Ages 14+; Book can be purchased at the Museum Shoppe at Pottsgrove Manor; Book Club participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch.  

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

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