Monday, June 19, 2017

Learn About Pottstown History on Thursday Walk

On this tour, you can learn more about historic Pottstown buildings that are still standing ...

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Pottstown Historical Society

The next tour in the ongoing series of the Pottstown Historical Society Walking Tours will be Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. The free tour will cover a portion of the 200-block of High Street, between Hanover and Penn Streets which, although a short block, encompasses more than twenty historic addresses.

All history buffs are invited to learn about two major fires on High Street, one of which destroyed five buildings. 

Try to guess the oldest building on the block, look for the building with its owner’s initials on the edifice, find Pottstown’s first Sears & Roebuck, and learn about the contributions to Pottstown by local notables Bunting, Beecher, and Drinkhouse.

Those interested should meet in the lot at 220-222 High Street. Groups will depart approximately every 15 minutes, depending upon attendance. 

Arrangements have been made for parking to be available in the parking lot, accessible on Queen Street along the railroad tracks, via North Penn Street or North Charlotte Street.

The tour is being held again this year in conjunction with the downtown Pottstown FARM program. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and locally made products directly from the producers, like townspeople in the 1800s.

The Pottstown Historical Society was founded in 1936 under the direction of Mrs. Marjorie Wendall Potts to restore the Pottsgrove Manor. Since 1999, the Society has been headquartered at 568 High Street after purchasing the old Oliver Christman Gift and Flower Shop building. 

The Society’s mission is to collect and preserve archives pertaining to Pottstown’s past. The Society houses hundreds of old photographs, along with records on churches, early families, newspapers, local forges and other businesses. The headquarters building is open on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, and other times by appointment. It remains an all-volunteer organization, welcoming everyone to participate, visit, support, and learn.

... as well as buildings which are no longer standing.

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