Pottsgrove Manor Teachers Visitors Its Trades

POTTSTOWN PA – See where colonial career paths could have taken you at Pottsgrove Manor during the 18th Century, as the Montgomery County historical site presents its newest program, “Jack of All Trades,” on July 22 (2017; Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the manor, 100 W. King St., near the intersection of King Street and Route 100.

Trades were a necessary part of colonial life as friends and neighbors worked to sell and share their wares and services. There will be cooking in its reproduction 18th Century kitchen, where visitors can learn the skills needed to make a Georgian meal in a hearth fireplace. Weavers will work on tape looms, and turning wool into yarn and thread. Our mason, or brick and stone layer, will illustrate the steps in stone carving by hand.

Discover what a seamstress will piece together, to create and hand-sew colonial garments. Explore how a book binder, a colonial shoe maker, and a broom maker show off their wares, and teach about their crafts. Hands-on activities allow everyone to experience the noises, sights, and smells, of the different 18th Century careers and skills that crafted both everyday and luxury items.

Colonial ironmaster John Potts’ 1752 manor house will be open for tours during the day. Visitors can shop at the manor’s museum shop for colonial games, books, and unique gifts.

The program is suitable for all ages, and will be held rain or shine. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for the event. For more information, call 610-326-4014.

Graphic from Pottsgrove Manor