The Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle feature some of the most diverse and important collections found in American museums. They range from early American tools and folk art to materials expressive of the rich history and culture of Bucks County and the nearby Delaware Valley. They include objects from other global cultures as well as those related to the art, architecture and scholarly interests of museum founder and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer. Among them are some 65,000 original artifacts, as well as thousands of books, manuscript materials, images and other archival materials.
Both Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle have permanent exhibits that bring history to life.
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In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
“Lucy” the horse was part of the work crew that built both Fonthill and the Mercer Museum. She hoisted the loads of mixed concrete up to workers.
Fonthill has over 200 windows all of varying sizes!
Among the oldest artifacts in the Mercer Museum are a 2,000 year old whale oil lamp and Native American implements dating to 6,000-8,000 BC.
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.
The Mercer Museum and Fonthill annually welcome visitors from all 50 states.
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.