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Pottstown in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

St. Clair Mansion

Historic Pottstown Walking Tour

 
 
St. Clair Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
1. St. Clair Mansion Marker
Inscription.
The St. Clair Mansion was built by John Potts, Jr., the third son of the founder of Pottstown. A judge of the Common Pleas Court, he elected to remain loyal to England during the American Revolution and had to flee the country when his properties were confiscated. In 1782, Gen. Arthur St. Clair purchased the property for 6,700 in Continental currency.

The Scottish born soldier had a long if somewhat controversial career during the war, rising from colonel to major-general. He was also deeply involved in the political affairs of our newly liberated country. In 1785, he was elected to the Continental Congress, our country's first governing body; and in 1787, became President of the Congress, in essence the first President of the United States.

The property changed hands a number of times over the next hundred years serving as a tavern, a dry goods store, Fegely's Hardware Store, and the Victor Movie Theater and Grant Koon's cigar factory and store. In June 1924, George Bros. Confectioners purchased the corner portion and William and Charles Mills the “L-shaped” 204 High Street. By 1926 two new, similarly constructed buildings stood in their place. The opening of the St. Clair Spa was marked “by the playing of music by O'Dell's Orchestra and every adult visitor received a box of candy.” A bronze
Original St. Clair Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
2. Original St. Clair Mansion Marker
This tablet marks the site of the residence of General Arthur St. Clair, who was President of the Continental Congress in 1787. Erected by Schuylkill Valley Chapter DAR, 1909.
tablet marking St. Clair's house was removed from the mansion and installed on the new building.
— David R. Kerns
 
Erected 2002 by Pottstown 250th Anniversary Committee.
 
Location. 40° 14.737′ N, 75° 39.015′ W. Marker is in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street and Hanover Street, on the right when traveling east on High Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 E. Main Street, Pottstown PA 19464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Security Trust Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Weitzenkorn's Clothiers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pottstown News (about 300 feet away); The Shuler House (about 300 feet away); Reading Passenger Station (about 400 feet away); Freight Station - AAA East Penn (about 600 feet away); First Iron Bridge (about 700 feet away); Bahr Arcade (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Pottstown.
 
Also see . . .  Arthur St. Clair. (Submitted on October 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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St. Clair Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
3. St. Clair Mansion Marker
Looking south, with Hanover Street on right of photo.
Arthur St. Clair Engraving on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
4. Arthur St. Clair Engraving on Marker
St. Clair Mansion Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
5. St. Clair Mansion Photo on Marker
Postcard of St. Clair Mansion on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
6. Postcard of St. Clair Mansion on Marker
Renovated as movie theater.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 873 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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