Research Library

The Mercer Museum Library is the major research center for local and family history related to Bucks County and the surrounding region. With its roots in the founding of the Bucks County Historical Society in 1880, the Library houses over 20,000 books, periodicals and pamphlets, 2,500 feet of county archives, over 800 manuscript collections, more than 12,000 images, and maps and other records that document not only local history, but the life and work of Henry Chapman Mercer and early American technology, culture and folk art.

Currently, appointments are required to use the Library in order to comply with capacity limitations. Please contact us at 215-345-0210 ext. 126 or email mmlib@mercermuseum.org to reserve a time slot.

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • Research time slot: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • Research time slots: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ROLLO'S FACTS

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.
ROLLO'S FACTS

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Beginning Monday, March 1, 2021 the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle will be open 6 days per week, Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and will be closed on Mondays. The Mercer Museum Research Library will be closed from Saturday, March 6 - Saturday, March 13, 2021 to upgrade our facilities. The library will reopen on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
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