POTTSTOWN — Include Pottsgrove Manor’s Twelfth Night Tours in your yuletide season to unwrap the history behind many holiday festivities.
Discover the hectic holiday preparations of the 18th century on guided tours of Pottsgrove Manor.
The museum is transformed for the season to highlight the festive traditions of Twelfth Night.
The merriment of this historic holiday is largely forgotten, but the entire family can learn about the revelry the Potts and their guests would have enjoyed.
Marvel at the elaborate desserts and special dishes created for the holiday and find the household staff furiously preparing the greenery decorations for the manor.
Hum and dance along to favorite holiday songs with the Potts, but don’t be surprised if the melody isn’t what you think.
Join in the spirit of Boxing Day with the servants to find out if you received a special holiday bonus.
Uncover the extensive styling done to get ready for an upper-class party and if any of your beauty products are similar to colonial ones.
Learn how the Potts children would have a different experience of the holiday season compared to the festivities enjoyed by adults in the house.
Find out more about the history of some of your favorite holiday traditions and see how they have changed over time by visiting Pottsgrove Manor’s Twelfth Night Tours.
Twelfth Night Tours, from Nov. 29 through Jan. 5, are given during normal museum hours, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Pottsgrove Manor is closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, Jan. 1, and for inclement weather.
Tours are usually 45 minutes to 1 hour; the last full tour of each day begins at 3 p.m. These tours welcome all ages and there is a suggested $2 donation per person.
Additionally, the Museum Shop is also open and full of unique gifts, 18th-century replicas, books, and more.
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 Pottstown and Manatawny Green Miniature Golf Course, in Pottstown.
Pottsgrove Manor is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites.
For more information, call 610-326-4014, or visit the website at www.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor.
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This article first appeared as a post in The Digital Notebook blog.