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.

2019 Bucks County Historical Society Officers

Board ChairHeather A. Cevasco
Vice-ChairMaureen B. Carlton
Vice-ChairLinda B. Hodgdon
TreasurerThomas Hebel
Secretary William R. Schutt
Past ChairJohn R. Augenblick


Kelly Cwiklinski
David L. Franke
Christine Harrison
Verna Hutchinson
Michael S. Keim
William D. Maeglin
Charles T. McIlhinney Jr.
Jeff Paduano
Richard D. Paynton, Jr.
Michelle A. Pedersen
Gustavo I. Perea
Michael B. Raphael
Jonathan Reiss
Jack Schmidt
Susan J. Smith
Patricia Taglioloni
Tom Thomas
Rochelle Thompson
Steven T. Wray

Trustee Emeritus

Elizabeth H. Gemmill

Executive Director

Kyle McKoy
Bucks County Historical Society

Mercer Museum
84 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901


Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
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Please note that Fonthill Castle will close early on Friday, October 1, & Saturday, October 2 for private events. On both days the last tour will take place at 2pm. Please see our mask recommendations here.