Built upon the foundation of the booming iron and steel industry, Pottstown was a plentiful resource for iron ore and charcoal. Established in 1752 by John Potts, the first building constructed in the town was his home, Pottsgrove Manor
, one of the finest mansions of that time. When planning the town, Potts followed the same right angle design as the city of Philadelphia.
Unique to the town, all streets were named after royalty in England, including King Street and High Street (Main Street). In the 19th century, the town was a major railroad link between Philadelphia and Reading, creating a large growth in the population and economy. Learn more about the history of Pottstown