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The abuse law firm from Pottstown presents to you this article on the borough of Pottstown. Learn about the history of the area and its historical establishments.

Short History of Pottstown

Pottstown is a borough of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It sits on land that was originally deeded to William Penn. In 1714, the first iron forge was constructed in the area. Soon, blast furnaces were established for the production of iron and steel. These greatly interested the Potts family, who were ironmasters by trade. John Potts moved his family just west of Manatawny Creek and built a large home and forge on the 995 acres of land he owned. In 1761, he proceeded to establish a town called Pottsgrove on a part of the land. In 1815, it was incorporated as Pottstown and became the second borough of Pennsylvania.

In the mid-1800s, Pottstown's economy grew as the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad helped facilitate the movement of raw materials and finished goods in and out of the area. The borough's metal production also flourished, with its steel being used in the Golden Gate Bridge and Panama Canal. In 1944, Pottstown adopted a city manager form of government. Today, it has a mayor and seven borough council members. As of the 2019 census, the borough has an estimated population of 22,600. Its total area is 4.9 square miles. Pottstown borough is the center of a productive dairying and farming region.

Continue on with an Early History of New Castle, Pennsylvania.

Historic Sites

Among the many establishments and landmarks of Pottstown, there are some that hold historical significance to the borough. This include:

  • High Street Historic District
  • Old Pottstown Historic District
  • Pottsgrove Manor
  • Grubb Mansion
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Reading Railroad Pottstown Station
  • Pottstown Roller Mill
  • Henry Antes House

They have been individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Pottstown Roller Mill

Pottstown Roller Mill is situated on the Schuylkill River in Pottstown. Originally built in 1725, the historic roller mill was a two-story, three-bay, fieldstone building. Over the years, two brick stores and five-bay brick additions have been added to the mill. It provided flour during the Revolutionary War to George Washington's Continental Army and as a shelter for escaping slaves in the Underground Railroad. The property also consists of a dam and mill race. On October 10, 1974, it was added to the NRHP. Pottstown Roller Mill is the oldest mill in the United States.

Pottsgrove Manor

Pottsgrove Manor was built by John Potts in 1752 of the Early Georgian style. The historic home is a large two-story, rectangular, fieldstone and sandstone dwelling featuring a five-bay front facade, gable roof and a center hall. The former residence of the Potts family is now owned by Montgomery County as a historic house museum. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sundays, it is open from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is closed to the public on Mondays. On January 18, 1974, it was listed on the NRHP. It was later designated by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) on September 25, 2000.

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