Explore the creative genius of Henry Chapman Mercer and his collecting legacy through a variety of programs and specialty tours for school and other youth groups, families and adults. Programs are presented at both Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle, some inspired by our regularly changing exhibitions.
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.
“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.
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.
More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
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!
In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
The Mercer Museum and Fonthill annually welcome visitors from all 50 states.
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
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