Starting on April 4, an interactive exhibit at Pottsgrove Manor will explore the life of Dr. Jonathan Potts, son of Pottstown founders John and Ruth Potts, writes Joe Zlomek for The Pottstown Post.
“Physician, Patriot, Potts: An Exhibit on Dr. Jonathan Potts” will have a special opening-day lecture and tours and will run through Sept. 27.
Potts dedicated his career to the study and practice of medicine. Later on, he organized military army hospitals to prevent the spread of smallpox.
He graduated valedictorian from College of Philadelphia and soon set up his practice as well as an apothecary shop in Reading.
When he joined the patriot cause, he left for Fort Ticonderoga before returning to Pennsylvania and the Valley Forge winter encampment as director of hospitals in 1777-78.
The interactive components of the exhibit will help visitors connect to Potts’ life and the turning points of his journey.
This includes visiting Potts’ busy doctor’s office, joining the arguments in the Pennsylvania Assembly at the outbreak of war, and uncovering how his military experience impacted the rest of his short life.
Read more about the exhibit at The Pottstown Post by clicking here.