Friday, December 11, 2015

Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight Sunday

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

The Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight Tour will 
feature colonial music played on historical instruments
Revel in the spirit of the season at historic Pottsgrove Manor for the annual
Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight Open House Sunday, from 2 to 8 p.m.

The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of the elegant 1752 manor house, where costumed interpreters will depict the colonial residents of Pottsgrove Manor.

As visitors make their way through the house, they will hear the strains of music played on historical instruments, see English country dancing, catch a whiff of the delicious smells in the kitchen as historical cook Deborah Peterson prepares authentic dishes at the open hearth and enjoy the beauty of the mansion lit by candlelight and bedecked with greenery.

Examples of colonial treats John Potts would have served.
Complimentary refreshments of hot spiced cider, colonial-style chocolate drink and cookies will be served at the end of the house tour.

Also, young visitors will be able to make free seasonal crafts to take home.

After exploring the house, guests may visit the museum shop for unique, historically-oriented gifts like locally made redware pottery and ornaments, reproduction glassware, handcrafted candles and soaps, along with books, toys and games.

Outside the manor house, built by Pottstown founder and ironmaster John Potts, the courtyard will be filled with the sounds of historic carols sung by colonial revelers (performing from 2 to 5 p.m.) while warming themselves by a bonfire.

The manor house will also be featured as a stop on the Pottstown Historical
English country dancing will also be on display Sunday.
House Tour, held that same evening at historic homes throughout the borough and requires the purchase of tickets.

However, a donation of $2 per person is all that is suggested for the Pottsgrove Manor event, which will be held weather permitting. No reservations are necessary.

Visitors are asked to park in the Carousel at Pottstown, 30 W. King St., or at Memorial Park, 75 W. King St.; a shuttle will transport visitors to and from Pottsgrove Manor throughout the event.

Handicapped parking is available in the museum's parking lot.

It looks too good to eat doesn't it? It is, these are not for
visitors to consume, but for display only.
Even if you can't make it Sunday, know that the house will remain decorated for the holidays in colonial fashion through Jan. 10.

Twelfth Night Mansion Tours are offered during regular museum hours, Tuesday through  Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tours are given on the hour with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should pre-register by calling 610-326-4014.

Pottsgrove Manor is closed Mondays and Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 W. King St., near the intersection with Route 100, just north of the interchange with Route 422.

It 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, call 610-326-4014 or visit the web site at and like their page on Facebook at

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