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

Call to schedule a tour: (610) 326-4014
Click Here for a brochure and map of Pottsgrove Manor

Upcoming Programs (2024)
* All Programs are free and welcome all ages unless noted*


Friday February 23rd drop-off (by 3:00pm) &

Saturday, February 24th pick-up (at 11:00am)

Pottsgrove Sleepover—A Stuffed Animal Adventure 
It’s a night at the museum for your favorite stuffed animals, dolls, and action figures! Kids can follow along online as pictures are shared of their brave friends exploring Pottsgrove Manor after-hours. See what secrets of the museum the animals uncover, discover the historic objects, and learn about life from the colonial era—all before bedtime. The next morning when it’s time to pick up their fuzzy friends, kids can take a tour to see the spots their favorite buddies explored to share in the memories. 
Ages 2-12; Registration Required. Weather Dependent.

REGISTER HERE

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

Saturday, March 16th at 11:00 am 

(Exhibit open during regular hours, from March 16, 2024 to March 2025)

“The Free Black Ironworkers of Mount Joy Forge” – Talk & Exhibit Opening 
Valley Forge received its name from the Potts family-owned Mount Joy Forge.  Join us for a presentation on the free Black ironworkers who made this community their home and then see the new exhibit! Connect with their stories behind iron made goods they personally handled alongside forge archaeology on display. 

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

Saturday, April 6th at 1:00pm 

Maritime History of 18th-Century Philadelphia 
The power and importance of water cannot be overlooked in the 18th-century world. The Potts family had a wharf in the city for trade of their iron goods across the Atlantic world. Dive into the role of the riverfront in colonial Philadelphia from researcher and author Michael Schreiber as he speaks on the history and stories from the docks of the city. 

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

Saturday, May 4th from 11:00am to 5:00pm 

Annual Colonial Mayfair 
Sing and dance of spring at Pottsgrove Manor’s Annual Colonial Mayfair! Kick off the day by joining in the maypole celebration with its rainbow ribbons and festive music. The grounds of the museum are filled with living history interpreters, crafters, and demonstrations that bring the past to life. Find locally made goods and activities fit for the fair. Step back in time with historic puppet performances and entertainments, still guaranteed to make the whole family laugh! Kids of all ages can play games and participate in hobby horse races to win a prize. Free visitor parking available at Pottstown Memorial Park, located at 75 W King Street, with a complementary shuttle service to Pottsgrove Manor. 
Weather Dependent.

Suggested Donation:

$4 per person.

Friday, June 14th at 11:00am 

Juneteenth Celebration—Kids Story-time 
It is a very special story-time at Pottsgrove Manor to celebrate Juneteenth! Join the museum for a story focused on Black history in America and the incredible stories and people who made that history happen. 
Story time welcomes children of all ages but is most appropriate for ages 5-9.

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

Thursday, July 11th at 6:00pm, 6:30pm, & 7:00pm 

Footsteps in History—Walking Tours of Pottstown 
Spend your evening learning about the growth and history of 18th-century Pottstown. Register online for a timeslot and then join the staff of Pottsgrove Manor to journey into the past with the beginnings of colonial Pottstown with the stories of those who called Pottstown home. 
Tours will begin at the Smith Family Plaza, located at 138 E High St, Pottstown, PA 19464, across from the Pottstown Borough Hall. Space is limited and registration required. Weather Dependent. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Walking tours are approximately 1 hour.

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

Saturdays, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st, from 11am to 3pm 

Open House Days at Pottsgrove Manor 
Saturdays are special in August as living history and unique items from the collection are highlighted throughout the month. Each weekend has something different, so check on our website and social media to find what days you’d like to visit! The first floor of the museum will be open for self guided style tours so you can learn about Pottsgrove Manor at your own pace. Find something new happening throughout the month at Open House Days! 

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

Saturday, September 21st from 11am to 3pm 

Volunteer Welcome Day 
Be a part of something special and discover the volunteer opportunities available at the museum. From museum guides, special event living historians, garden enthusiasts, or curatorial assistants, there are so many ways that your talents are needed at Pottsgrove Manor. The public is invited to learn more about the many volunteer roles, talk with staff and current volunteers about their experience, and catch a glimpse behind the scenes past the “Staff and Volunteer Area” signs. 
Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

Saturday, October 26th  

Tape Loom Weaving Workshop 10:00am to 12:00noon 

Introduction to Green Woodcarving Workshop 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Historical Craft Classes with Stone House History  
There is double the chance to gain some historic skills with two workshops lead by Stone House History! Each workshop gives you the chance to master the basics to continue to build your skills back at home. Sign up to untangle the methods and fine skills of the tape loom in the morning. Participants will have a chance to weave through the ins-and-outs of how to achieve beautifully made historic tape, plus you can continue to weave at home with a take-home cardboard loom and tape patterns! Then do not miss your chance to get behind the shave horse and learn about the basics of green wood carving. Get a chance to release your creativity and carve a spurtle kitchen tool! 
Ages 12+, Registration Required and space is limited.

Materials Fee:

$50 per person for each workshop.

Saturday, November 9th at 1:00 pm 

A Pennsylvania Loyalist, the Story of John Potts, Jr. —A Lecture by Dan Graham 
Forever marked for his devotion to Great Britain, John Potts Jr. is often called in family records “The Loyalist.” Uncover why his loyalist stance was so unique among ironmasters from Potts family researcher and author, Dan Graham. Hear John Jr.’s story and then have your copy of Graham’s biography on Potts’ life signed by the author! 

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

Friday, November 29th, 2024 through Sunday, January 12th, 2025

(During regular museum hours)

Twelfth Night Holiday Tours 
Engage with the holiday traditions from history as Pottsgrove Manor transforms to bring the colonial yuletide to life. Guided tours of the museum showcase the ways Twelfth Night was celebrated in the 18th century, from elaborate dessert displays to the simplicity of the greenery decorations. A family favorite every year! 

Suggested Donation:

$2 per person.

Sunday, December 8th,  from 11:00am to 5:00pm 

18th-Century Holiday Frost Fair 
Embrace the spirit of the season and bring some history to your holidays with Pottsgrove Manor’s Frost Fair! Stroll through the grounds as historic vendors and demonstrators bring a winter market alive. Find the perfect holiday gift for everyone in your family from both historic and local artisans. Explore the museum as rooms are filled with cheer and candlelight as living history interpreters share the traditions of the colonial holiday season. 
Follow signs for parking and to a free Visitor Shuttle to the grounds. Weather Dependent. Suggested $4 donation per person.

Suggested Donation:

$4 per person.

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