Board of Trustees

Bucks County Historical Society

The Bucks County Historical Society (BCHS), a private nonprofit organization, is a unique cultural and educational institution that operates the Mercer Museum and Library and Fonthill Castle. As the County Historical Society, it is charged with collecting, preserving and interpreting the rich history and culture of Bucks County and the Delaware Valley region. As the primary inheritor of the material and intellectual legacy of Henry C. Mercer, the BCHS is custodian of a regionally and nationally significant collection of tools and artifacts that illuminate the history of pre-industrial America to c. 1850.

The BCHS was founded in 1880 by General William Watts Hart Davis with several friends, including the 23-year-old Henry C. Mercer. The organization is now governed by a volunteer Board of men and women from the community who are committed to the legacy of Henry Mercer.

2022 Bucks County Historical Society Officers

Board ChairLinda B. Hodgdon
Vice-ChairGustavo I. Perea
Vice-ChairThomas Hebel
TreasurerWilliam R. Schutt
Secretary Maureen B. Carlton


Michael Aratan
Pamela Butkus
Maureen B. Carlton
Peter Chiovarou
Kelley Cwiklinski
David L. Franke
Jerry Fritz
Thomas Hebel
Linda B. Hodgdon
Tracy Jackson-Benson
Susan E. Kane
Sue Lonergan
Charles T. McIlhinney, Jr.
Brian R. McLeod
Sean Newman
Gustavo I. Perea
Sarah Peters
Joe Phillips
Lisa Pretecrum
Ryan Putman
Michael B. Raphael
Jonathan Reiss
William R. Schutt
Susan J. Smith
Ron Strouse
Patricia Tagliolini

Trustee Emeritus

Elizabeth H. Gemmill
Tom Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

Kyle McKoy
Bucks County Historical Society

Mercer Museum
84 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901


There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces. Completed in 1910 Fonthill boasted modern conveniences- 2 dumbwaiters, an Otis elevator, an intercom buzzer system and phones to communicate within the house.

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• Fonthill Castle will close early on Saturday, September 30, 2023 for a private event. The final tour of the day will start at 2:00 p.m.

• The Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle will open at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5, 2023.

• Fonthill Castle will close early on Saturday, October 7, 2023 for a private event. The final tour of the day will start at 2:00 p.m.

Full schedule and ticket information can be found here.