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Homeschool Day at Historic Pottsgrove Manor (Pottstown PA)-- Friday Sept 24th, 10am to 3pm
Lynn Symborski, Museum Educator, 9/7/2010

Lynn Symborski is the Museum Educator for Pottsgrove Manor, the restored home of John Potts, colonial ironmaker in the region (think: "The Andrew Carnegie of the mid-18th century!"). It's always wonderful to see so many of Pennsylvania's historic sites and museums offering special homeschool days where families can help their children learn in hands-on and engaging ways about life in our state in earlier days. Before attending this excellent event, I'd suggest families also check out the fine description of this site and its importance at the Explore PA History website: http://explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=910 . Do remember that always one of the best ways to learn about PA history is by active visits to historical sites-- and you'll usually find terrific books and resources for further study back home in the gift shop, too. Hope you all show your support for this first Homeschool Day at Pottsgrove Manor!

Greetings from Pottsgrove Manor!

As one of the premier historic sites of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Pottsgrove Manor has been interpreting 18th century history to the public since 1952. While Pottsgrove Manor has offered public and educational programs for many years, we have recognized the necessity of meeting the needs of the growing homeschool audience. This September, with this special weekday program, we hope to provide an opportunity for non-traditional educators to bring their students for a hands-on discovery experience of Pennsylvania history and 18th century family life.

Pottsgrove Manor

Homeschool Day at Pottsgrove Manor

Pottstown, Pennsylvania — On Friday, September 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., bring your homeschoolers out to the Manor for a fun-filled and educational field trip that will let them explore the skills, trades, and pastimes of the 18th century.

Around the grounds, children will be able to participate in hands-on activities led by Pottsgrove Manor staff and volunteers, including candle-dipping, quill pen writing, colonial toys and games, gardening, dancing and etiquette. They will get a chance to see a real dairy cow and learn about the importance of animals on an 18th century farm. Participants will also see demonstrations of blacksmithing and open-hearth cooking. The first floor of the Pottsgrove Manor mansion will be open for self-guided tours, with volunteers on hand to answer questions. The museum shop will be open for the purchase of books, games, souvenirs and more.

The cost is $5 per child. Pre-registration is suggested. Call 610.326.4014 to register or for more information. Activities will be ongoing throughout the day; allow at least 2 hours for your visit. As most activities will be outdoors, this program will be held weather-permitting. Limited parking and handicapped spots are available in the Pottsgrove Manor parking lot. Visitors may also park directly across King Street at the Quality Inn parking lot.

Pottsgrove Manor, home of John Potts, colonial ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks and Heritage Services Department. 

Regular museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tours are given on the hour; last tour of the day begins as 3:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should pre-register by calling 610.326.4014. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit us on the web at http://historicsites.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor.


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