Pottsgrove Manor Gentlemen’s Day Honors Dad

POTTSTOWN PA – What might be thought of as the household skills of Colonial men will be celebrated next month, and specifically in advance of Father’s Day, during “Gentlemen’s Day” on June 16 (2018; Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St.

Jobs performed by men of the 18th Century are not usually associated with masculinity today, according to the staff at the home of Pottstown founder John Potts, now maintained as a Montgomery County historic site. In those days, they explain, more men were cooks, gardeners, and tailors. Museum exhibits and demonstrations during the day attempt to explore their skills and trades.

You might even consider it a history of fatherhood.

Visitors can uncover how the cook would prepare complex Georgian meals for the Potts family in the reconstructed kitchen. They can get their hands dirty tending the many plants for food and medicine in the kitchen garden, or they could join the tailor in constructing finely fitted and flattering clothing for the gentlemen of the era.

Historic interpreters will show their skills and offer hands-on learning all day. Families in particular may enjoy playing 18th century lawn games.

Tours of Pottsgrove Manor also will be available throughout the day. Explore its new exhibit, “Good Night at the Manor,” to discover evening routines of the Potts family and their household staff. Tours last from 45 to 60 minutes. The museum shop will also be open, full of unique reproduction items, books, and toys for all to enjoy.

The program is suitable for all ages, and will be held rain or shine. A $2 per person donation is suggested for the event.

Pottsgrove Manor is located near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422. Other local attractions, including the Carousel at Pottstown and Manatawny Green Miniature Golf Course, are found nearby. For more information, call 610-326-4014.

Photos from Pottsgrove Manor