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On Loan from Pottsgrove Manor

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For our exhibit Downtown Then and Now, we were fortunate to have an item loaned to us by Pottsgrove Manor. 

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Loan Courtesy of Pottsgrove Manor, County of Montgomery, Pottstown, PA

This is a cast iron kitchen press. It was made at Colebrookdale Furnace by Thomas Potts in 1739. Colebrookdale Furnace was in what is now Berks County. On the inside of the press are various Pennsylvania Dutch markings, such as tulips, suns, birds, hearts, cross, and stars. While this particular item was not made in Montgomery County, it does have a strong connection with Pottstown history.

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Loan Courtesy of Pottsgrove Manor, County of Montgomery, Pottstown, PA

Thomas Potts' descendants took over the family iron business, which had wide reaches in our area. One such site was near Pottsgrove Manor in Pottstown, Montgomery County. It was built by John Potts, the eldest son of Thomas Potts, in 1752. The area around Pottsgrove Manor eventually became Pottstown. Today, Pottsgrove Manor has the actual deed for the land purchased by John Potts in 1751. The land was purchased from Samuel McCall, Jr.

 1751 Pottsgrove Deed Signatures 2

Pg. 2 of the 1751 Deed, Scanned Courtesy of Pottsgrove Manor, County of Montgomery, Pottstown, PA

Be sure to see this kitchen press and other items in our exhibit! The exhibit is open during our normal operating hours from April 25, 2024 through the end of March 2025.

 

 

 

 

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