Learn about the permanent exhibits at the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle that bring history to life.
Experience the Mercer Museum’s historic artifacts in a new light this fall in the exhibit Forging a Link: Metalsmiths Respond to the Mercer Collection. Curated by Professor Cappy Counard of Edinboro University, this exhibit highlights the work of twenty-three blacksmiths, metalsmiths and jewelers, who represent a diverse cross section of their fields. These artists responded to the museum’s historic collection with their own contemporary works of art that are integrated into the museum’s permanent exhibits and displayed alongside the artifacts…learn more
Just in time for football season, the Mercer Museum is showcasing a selection of Charles M. Schulz’s famous football-themed comic strips in a new exhibit entitled Pigskin Peanuts. This exhibit, organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California, features fifty Sunday and daily Peanuts comic strips featuring the sport of football and the popular characters Charlie Brown, Woodstock, Snoopy and more. The Mercer Museum will also highlight original artifacts, photography and memorabilia from…learn more
American Historical Theatre reenactor Joe Doyle portrays Second President of the United States John Adams and shares the stories of a man who devoted his outstanding legal talents to the cause of freedom and liberty.learn more
Join Bucks County Historical Society collections staff for an evening exploring some of the most intriguing and “hidden” items in the Mercer Museum Library. Get an up-close look at a few of these treasures during a white glove portion of the event. Advanced tickets are highly recommended. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Purchase tickets to Treasures from the Library Vaultlearn more
Discover Henry Mercer’s motivations and methods in establishing and assembling the museum’s collection in this special lecture by Vice President of Collections and Interpretation Cory Amsler. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Purchase tickets to “Original, Alone & Unique:” The Mercer Museum Collectionlearn more
Back by popular demand in partnership with the Doylestown Escape Room, this all-ages adventure includes a 30-minute special castle tour and 45-minute escape room experience. Mystery and intrigue await all those who dare to enter Fonthill Castle’s Escape Room. The Scenario: As a young man traveling through Europe, Henry Mercer explored the ancient French castle Chateau de Tiffanges (that inspired the Bluebeard legend) and he brought back with him a mysterious key which has now gone missing. Fonthill has…learn more
Join food historian Susan Plaisted in the Mercer Museum’s Log House for a family-friendly drop-in program. Learn how gingerbread evolved from a mixture of ginger and breadcrumbs to its present day form, including the cut-out gingerbread man. Savor gingerbread samples and enjoy the tastes of the holidays. Please note: This is an outdoor program, please dress warmly.learn more
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
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 Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
“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.
More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
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.
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