Stove Plates and Franklin Stoves


Nov 10, 2018
01:00 PM until 03:00 PM


Join us at Pottsgrove Manor to hear about how some of the biggest names in colonial Pennsylvania history, Benjamin Franklin and John Potts, were connected through iron. This engaging lecture is presented by historian Dan Graham on Saturday, November 10th, beginning at 1:00 PM.


Benjamin Franklin is well known for his inventions and few are more famous than the Franklin Stove. However, while Franklin designed this stove he did not make it. Dan Graham explores the role of Warwick Furnace, Robert Grace, and John Potts in the production of this piece of history. Learn about how John Potts’ management of Warwick led to the production and sale of Franklin’s invention across the eastern seaboard, from Philadelphia to Boston and beyond. Discover how less familiar names such as Samuel Savage and Robert Grace helped to make the stove a staple of colonial heating and history.


Additionally, visitors can take guided tours of the manor to see original iron pieces cast at Warwick and learn more about the Potts family and household through our current exhibit “Good Night at the Manor.” The Museum Shop is also open and full of unique gifts, 18th century replicas, books, and more!


This program welcomes all ages, and there is a suggested $2.00 donation per person for this event.


Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422 near the Carousel at Pottsgrove and Manatawny Green Miniature Golf Course, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites.


Suggested $2.00 Donation


View map Pottsgrove Manor
100 West King Street
Pottstown, PA

Additional Information


Pottsgrove Manor



Contact name

Ann Shipley

Contact email


PA - Montgomery County

Free Event?:

No Cost

Approximate Cost Range Per Person:

Free,$1-$5 per person


No registration needed


All Ages/Families

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