Friday, March 13, 2015

The Roots of Colonial Cooking

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by Pottsgrove Manor.

Historic Pottsgrove Manor will present demonstrations of the type of open-hearth cooking with food that preserved well which was often on colonial menus at this time of year with the program, “Raiding the Root Cellar” on Saturday, March 14, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

While the wealthy Potts family could afford luxury items like imported citrus fruits, expensive spices, and fine spirits, their diet still depended greatly on Mother Nature. 

Foods that kept well in the cellar, such as root vegetables, would be on the menu frequently at this time of year. 

In this demonstration, historic cook Connie Unangst will use these hardy ingredients to prepare a late winter meal fit that would appear on a well-to-do family’s colonial table. 

Visitors can stop in the kitchen at any time during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see what’s cooking. 

Guided tours of the manor will also be offered on the hour throughout the day, and the site’s museum shop will also be open. There is a suggested donation of $2 per person for this program.

Visitors can also take a guided tour of Pottsgrove Manor during regular museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Tours begin on the hour. The last tour of the day begins at 3 p.m.

Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422.

Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites Division of the Assets and Infrastructure Department. 

For more information, please call 610-326-4014, or visit the website at Like Pottsgrove Manor on Facebook at

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