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Past to present: Explore historical Pottstown sites with walking tour on Thursday

Photo, below left: St. Clair Mansion, SE corner of S. Hanover &

Photo Courtesy of the Pottstown Historical Society

By Michael Sneff,

The community is invited to enjoy a blast from the past with the annual Pottstown Historical Society Walking Tours which will take place Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The free tour will cover 20 historical sites from buildings to plots of land. It will take place in the 200 block of E. High St., between Hanover and Penn Streets.


Alan Swiesford, far left, leads a group of people down E. High Street during the Historical Pottstown Walking Tour last year. The annual tour is coming back this Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Digital First Media File Photo

“All history buffs are invited to learn about two major fires on High Street, one of which destroyed five buildings.,” stated a press release about the historical tour.  Other highlights of the tour include observing long-standing buildings as well as “long-ago” buildings that have either been destroyed or abandoned.

“For me, at least, I think it’s so very important that people know the history of the borough,” said Deb Penrod of the historical society. “These tours are great for the community.” This is the third tour since the historical event made a comeback in the community recently. Tours were originally held in the early 2000’s but went on hiatus until 2015.

Photo, below left: St. Clair Mansion, SE corner of S. Hanover &

Do you recognize this building that still stands in downtown Pottstown. (Hint: That’s Penn Street on the left). Photo Courtesy of the Pottstown Historical Society

Penrod said the upcoming tour will be slightly different from tours of year’s past. Instead of having one guide take groups from site to site, there will be about half a dozen guides stationed at the larger locations to give a run-down on the history. These sites will be accompanied by large photographs of what the building used to look like, along with a write-up for guests to read.

Interested parties will meet in the lot at 220-222 High St. and groups will depart about every 15 minutes. Parking will available in the lot which is accessible from Queen Street along the railroad tracks.

The tour is also in conjunction with the weekly outdoor farmers market which will also be held in the 200 block of E. High St. The Pottstown & Artisan Regional Market, or FARM for short, is every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and locally made products directly from the producers, like townspeople in the 1800s,” stated the press release.

Penrod said she hope the attraction of the outdoor market will bring more people to the historical walking tours.

“This tour is not just to promote the historical society, but re to promote the spirit of Pottstown”, she said.

For more information about the Pottstown Historical Society or the walking tour on Thursday, visit the website

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