POTTSTOWN PA – A day of “Then and Now” outdoor play for families and children, the result of collaboration between the Pottstown Children’s Discovery Center and Montgomery County’s historic Pottsgrove Manor, is scheduled to be held Nov. 4 (2023; Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the manor, 100 W. King St.
“Then and Now” intends to give young visitors a comparative taste of what play was like during the 1800s, and how it’s progressed through the centuries. Historic game activities in which they can be involved include graces, hobby horse racing, hoop-and-stick, 9-pin bowling, and other pastimes. More modern fun will include ladder ball, can jam, and potato sack races.
Additional fun is still being planned, the Discovery Center reported. The event is open to the public. Its cost is $5 per child.
The day also includes, for no additional fee, an optional 45-minute tour of Pottsgrove Manor itself. The manor was built in 1752 for the Potts family, the founders of Pottstown. The home showcases the elegance of early Georgian architecture, and tells the history of John and Ruth Potts, their 13 children, and the paid, indentured, and enslaved people who lived and labored there.
There’s more to come from the Discovery Center in the near future, it added. Its annual Noon Year’s Eve event is planned for Dec. 30, and there’s Designer Bag Bingo scheduled for Feb. 25. Additionally, work is under way for its brick-and-mortar location to “come to life during 2024” with what it called “fabulous exhibits, programming, and hands-on learning opportunities for local kids.”
Graphic provided to Travels With The Post by Pottstown Children’s Discovery Center
Pottsgrove Manor photo by Montgomery County Parks, Trails, & Historic Sites