Mercer Museum Beautification Project









During 2020, individuals from all walks of life turned to the Mercer Museum’s grounds to
find peace, comfort, and a sense of belonging. Every day our staff saw people enjoying
the Mercer’s unique landscape—sharing a picnic lunch, playing musical instruments, or
simply relaxing. The property was a respite for the community, an important distraction
from daily stresses.

Working with Tom Hebel, of Bucks Country Gardens, a multi-phase plan has been
approved to enrich the grounds by planting new trees, enhancing garden beds, and
upgrading the museum’s surrounding setting to ensure the property continues to serve
as an uplifting place.

We are thankful to the donors listed below, who have supported this effort at varying
levels, and we look forward to implementing the plans throughout 2021. The initial
phase began recently, with the planting of five new trees donated by Lucy and James
Brennan; Linda B. Hodgdon in memory of Thomas Modzelewski; Gail Linenberg and
John Ortolf; Lisa and Matt Broad in honor of their son Oliver; and Ellen and Andy Happ.
The trees varied in size, from 10’ ornamental selections to 20’ specimen trees.

To learn more about the project and/ or to sponsor a tree, bench or picnic table call the
Bucks County Historical Society’s Development Office at 215-345-0210.

*The Mercer Museum Beautification Project plans are subject to change.*

Generous donations for this project
have been received by:

Det and Bridget Ansinn
Laura and Michael Biersmith
Bountiful Acres
C. Jameson Bradley
Lucy and Jim Brennan
Lisa, Matt and Oliver Broad
Bucks Country Gardens
C&N Bank
Patty and Doug Carr
Peter and Sarah Chiovarou
Julie and John Davis
Michael and Ann Day
Bob and Helen Duffner
Susan Fisher and Nick Custer
Kara Gasiorowski
David Goodman
Happ Contractors, Inc.
Lin Hodgdon, In Memory of Tom Modzelewski
Jeffrey A Miller Catering

Susan E. Kane
Gail Linenberg and John Ortolf
Molly W. Lowell
Paul and Suzanne Manganiello
Bill and Pat Marshall
Kyle McKoy, In Memory of Kevin McKoy
Brian and Louise McLeod
Donna Miller
Christopher A. Nardo
Nobadeer Foundation
The Pedersen Family
Gus and Cathy Perea
Karen and Jim Reed
Robin M. Robinson
William and Laurie Schutt
Ronald L. Strouse
Patricia Tagliolini- Realty ONE Group Legacy
Alice and Bob Vernon
Bridget Wingert
Joseph G. Wingert Jr.


Pictured above from left to right: 

Gail Linenberg and John Ortolf – 20’ Sycamore
Ellen and Andy Happ – 10’ Yellowwood
Lucy and James Brennan – 20’ Princeton Elm
Lin Hodgdon, In Memory of Tom Modzelewski – 20’ Princeton Elm
Lisa, Matt and Oliver Broad – 10’ Dogwood


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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