Research using the collections of the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle is encouraged, subject to certain policies and guidelines. Similarly, we are happy to provide images of collections objects for personal use, and for a variety of publication projects.
Both Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle have permanent exhibits that bring history to life.
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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.
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
The Mercer Museum and Fonthill annually welcome visitors from all 50 states.
In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
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.
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
Fonthill has over 200 windows all of varying sizes!
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.