Captain John Potter House (1776)


Captain John Potter built his house in North Brookfield, at the corner of South Main and Ward Streets, in 1776. Potter was a clockmaker and craftsman who also served as a captain in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. His mansion, which Potter built with his own hands, was started just before and completed just after the interruption of the war. It was constructed around Potter’s earlier house and features a faux-masonry exterior, actually made of wood. The house also had a large room for dancing on the second floor and a support pole was used in the dining room below whenever the upper room was used for dancing! Later, the Captain’s son, F.A. Potter, ran a shop attached to the house. In 1929, the Potter House, which had passed out of the Potter family’s hands in 1920, was moved to Storrowton, the recreation of a classic New England village, as imagined by benefactor Helen O. Storrow, at the Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield. It is now open to the public for tours.

4 Responses to Captain John Potter House (1776)

  1. Melissa says:

    I would like to know who it was I talked to when I went to see the Potter Mansion a couple years back. It was an older gentleman who said I can have a personal tour. I live on the old property the mansion was on.. believe me long story and not most would believe what I my story is.

    I would love to come back to John’s home and take a closer look.

    If anyone can give me a number as to who I can contact, please let me know.

    thank you so much,

  2. Bill says:


    I’m a direct descendant of John Potter and my family’s genealogist. I’d be interested in talking to you about the former No. Brookfield location of the Potter Mansion.

  3. Melissa Boucher says:

    I hope you check this again. I have found a picture of John’s daughter; Betsy, in our town historical society, I am still searching for his picture. If you have facebook please add me. Melissa Boucher of North Brookfield Massachusetts.
    I hope to hear from you soon.
    Thank you,

  4. Melissa says:

    Hello Bill,
    I hope all is well.
    I am still searching for John’s picture.
    Hopefully you read this. 🙂

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