Monday, November 5, 2018

Highlighting Pottstown's Franklin Stove Connection

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

If you would like to hear about how some of the biggest names in colonial Pennsylvania history, Benjamin Franklin and John Potts, were connected through iron, mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 10.

That's when historian Dan Graham will present a lecture on the subject at Pottsgrove Manor in Pottstown, beginning at 1:00 PM.

Benjamin Franklin is well known for his inventions and few are more famous than the Franklin Stove. 

However, while Franklin designed this stove he did not make it. Graham explores the role of Warwick Furnace, Robert Grace, and John Potts in the production of this piece of history.

Learn about how John Potts’ management of Warwick led to the production and sale of Franklin’s invention across the eastern seaboard, from Philadelphia to Boston and beyond. 

Discover how less familiar names such as Samuel Savage and Robert Grace helped to make the stove a staple of colonial heating and history.

Additionally, visitors can take guided tours of the manor to see original iron pieces cast at Warwick and learn more about the Potts family and household through our current exhibit “Good Night at the Manor.” 

The Museum Shop is also open and full of unique gifts, 18th century replicas, books, and more.

This program welcomes all ages, and there is a suggested $2 donation per person for this event.

Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422 near the Carousel at Pottsgrove and Manatawny Green Miniature Golf Course, in Pottstown. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites.

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

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