Good Night at the Manor Exhibit


Feb 24, 2018 to Nov 11, 2018
10:00 AM until 04:00 PM

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).


Uncover the evening work and routines of the Potts family and their household staff with this engaging and informative new exhibit, Good Night at the Manor.  The exhibit will begin Saturday, February 24th and run through Sunday, November 11th.   Tours of the exhibit will be given during regular museum hours.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Sunset did not mean the end of the work day in colonial America! The site’s new exhibit will highlight the evening routines and tasks of everyone in the 1752 Manor house and answer such questions as how did they see at night before electric lights?  Visitors will learn about the many duties the servants and slaves in the house completed such as cleaning, sewing, and preparing for the next day. Nightly rituals of an elite family, such as John and Ruth Potts along with their 13 children, will be explored. Guests can learn the differences between the materials used in making fine expensive candles to the cheaper and greasy tallow candles. Participants can smell a popular bedtime tea and historic beauty ingredients, and find out if they can identify the sounds of the night common to a colonial home. Original 18th century objects such as sleep ware and lighting will be on display in the exhibit room while an interactive space allows you to figure out how far candlelight can really go. Come and discover how nighttime was anything but sleepy at Pottsgrove Manor! 




View map Pottsgrove Manor
100 West King St.
Pottstown, PA

Additional Information


Pottsgrove Manor



Contact name

Ann Shipley

Contact email


PA - Montgomery County

Free Event?:

FREE with admission

Approximate Cost Range Per Person:

$1-$5 per person


No registration needed


Elementary School Age,Middle School & Teens

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