Why a Carousel?
Several years ago a group of Pottstown citizens formed a committee with
a common goal to revitalize our once-proud downtown area and make
it a safe and appealing hub of activity
for families to enjoy. We knew that, realistically,
we could not revive every building on every street,
but we knew from studying other depressed towns
whose urban centers had made remarkable comebacks
that a single, unique attraction often proved to
be the inspiration for a turnaround.
a number of cities, the downtown attraction that
brought families and businesses back -- right along
with the pride of community that had been lost
-- was a carousel.
We decided that a carousel for Pottstown could
be a reality and committed ourselves to achieving
this goal for our children, grandchildren and
future generations who will call Pottstown “home.”
This initial influx of money has
enabled us to purchase a 1905 carousel mechanism
made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and
to commission animals, which have been carved
by world-famous carousel artisan Ed Roth.
This project represents a wonderful
opportunity to restore a sense of place to our
downtown. Please help us make a huge difference
in our town’s society, economy, and the
quality of life that we pass to our children.
The Carousel at Pottstown is an
official part of the Community and Economic Development
Action and Implementation Strategy for Pottstown.
Thus far, the project has won support from the
Mayor and Borough Council, the Pottstown Historic
Society, Preservation Pottstown, the American
Carousel Society, the Pottstown Artists Guild,
US Congressman James W. Gerlach, State Senator
John Rafferty, State Representative Thomas Quigley,
and the Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Carousel At Pottstown was officially
incorporated October 10, 2000 and received 501©3 status
from the IRS as a non-profit charitable organization.