At Saturday May Fair, Pottsgrove Manor Changes Hands

Take a turn around the Maypole Saturday during the May Fair at Pottsgrove Manor

POTTSTOWN PA – Pottsgrove Manor‘s traditional celebration of spring, its Colonial May Fair, will be held Saturday (May 7, 2011) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the famed historic site that was the home of borough founder, John Potts, at 100 W. King St., Pottstown PA. There’s a twist in this year’s festivities, though.

They’re giving the place away.

Well, sort of. The site has been owned for many years by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but operated by the Montgomery County Parks and Heritage Services Department. During Saturday’s opening ceremonies, the state will officially hand the deed to the property over to the county Board of Commissioners.

The fair is a day of fun-filled activities for all ages: games, music, and dancing, manor representative Lynn Symborski reports.

  • Signora Bella will perform juggling, “slack-rope walking,” and other acrobatic feats.
  • Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre will provide period music around the grounds and perform puppet shows.
  • The Tapestry Historic Dancers will lead visitors in dances around the Maypole, and demonstrate authentic country dances throughout the day.

In addition to the entertainment, a number of colonial crafters and demonstrators will be on hand to demonstrate historic skills and trades, and sell their wares. Deborah Peterson of Deborah Peterson’s Pantry will be cooking in the Pottsgrove Manor kitchen and selling hard-to-find colonial foods. Young visitors can meet colonial farm animals, compete in hoop races, and play with colonial toys and games.

The first floor of the manor house, built by prominent colonial ironmaster Potts in 1752, will be open for self-guided tours. It has been restored to reflect the lifestyle of the wealthy Potts family, as well as the servants and slaves who worked and lived at Pottsgrove Manor in the 18th century.

Visitors can learn a new dance or two as well

Donations of $2 per person are suggested for admission. Visitors are asked to park their cars at the Pottstown Carousel lot, 30 W. King St. A shuttle bus will be available for travel between the lot and the Manor. Handicapped parking is available in the museum’s own parking lot.

For more information, call 610-326-4014.

Photos from Pottsgrove Manor