The Mercer Museum and Library invites gifts and bequests of artifacts, artwork, books, photographs, documents and other archival materials that fit the scope of our collections. These may include tools, products of handcraft, and other artifacts of pre-industrial America (to circa 1850); and materials of all kinds related specifically to the history of Bucks County and the experiences of its people (to the present). To offer an item or collection to the museum, to discuss a proposed bequest, or to learn more about the Museum’s collecting interests, please contact the Collections Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-345-0210, ext. 119.
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Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
Fonthill has over 200 windows all of varying sizes!
“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.
In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces.
More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
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.
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.