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." A forge for refining pig iron was also located on the original property.
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.
For the genealogy enthusiasts, join us for a presentation by Jeanne Sorg, Recorder of Deeds for Montgomery County! Dating back to 1784, the office is responsible for maintaining all county land records and other miscellaneous papers. Discover how you can trace the history of your own house or property! Or learn research methods for discovering your own family history in the region.
Follow this digital series as we hit the road, visiting the many households, forges, and furnaces connected to the Potts family and related connections. If you’ve heard about the commercial “iron empire” helmed by John Potts Sr., then it’s time you visit all the places connected to it. Join our staff virtually as they drive to different historic sites, exploring Potts-related places and having conversations with museum professionals, living history reenactors, and experts in the Pennsylvania iron industry.
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Witness the transformation of Pottsgrove Manor for the yuletide season and reveal the traditions of an 18th-century Twelfth Night party. Twelfth Night marked the end of the Christmastide season, celebrated on Epiphany. Guided tours of the manor explore all aspects of the festivities, from the intense preparations to the differences between the way elite families like the Potts and their household staff experienced the season. Uncover the links of winter traditions both old and new at Pottsgrove Manor.
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 Fair is part of your holiday traditions!
Follow signs for parking and to free Visitor Shuttle to the grounds. Weather Dependent.