POTTSTOWN PA – Historic Pottsgrove Manor is expected to be bustling inside and out with home-schooled students in just 17 days, as its annual Homeschool Day provides what organizers call a “fun-filled and educational field trip that will let them explore the skills, trades, and pastimes of the 18th Century.”
Around the 100 W. King St. grounds of the former home of John Potts, the founder of Pottstown, children will participate in hands-on activities led by Pottsgrove Manor staff members and volunteers. They are scheduled to include candle-dipping (top photo), quill pen writing, historic toys and games, laundry (below), and colonial dress-up (bottom). Guests will get to visit with farm animals like sheep and rabbits, and learn how their hair would be spun into yarn.
Participants will also see demonstrations of 18th-century crafts, open-hearth cooking, and food preservation. The first floor of the Pottsgrove Manor mansion will be open for self-guided tours, with volunteers stationed in the rooms to share the house’s history and answer questions.
The program is ideal for elementary-aged students and is open to individual homeschool families, homeschool groups, and small school and church groups.
The cost is $5 per child; planners should allow at least two hours for the visit. As most activities will be outdoors, the program is weather-dependent. Limited parking and handicapped spots are available in the Pottsgrove Manor parking lot. Visitors may also park directly across on King Street in the Quality Inn parking lot.
For more information or to pre-register, call 610-326-4014.
- Home Schoolers Invited to John Potts’ Home (Digital Notebook)
Photos from Pottsgrove Manor