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In 2019, the Mercer Museum, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society, received a $230,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to support a major initiative over a period of two and a half years entitled, “Plus Ultra: Awakening the Mercer Museum Core.” Inspired by the Latin motto Plus Ultra, or “more beyond”, the Mercer Museum’s founder Henry Mercer spent his life as an archaeologist, historian, tile maker, storyteller, collector and advocate for human ingenuity. This experimental, capacity-building…learn more
Measurement Rules is a family-friendly, interactive exhibit created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Measurement Rules explores the meaning of size, height, length, weight and volume through a variety of hands-on activities like giant tape measures, treadmill odometers, balance scales and more! This playful exhibit, perfect for young children, teaches the fundamentals of measurement through fun questions like, “How many chickens do you weigh? How tall are you in apples or inches or pennies? Can you use your foot as a ruler?” Entrance to Measurement Rules is…learn more
Magnificent Measures! The Hausman–Hill Collection of Calculating Instruments, is an exhibit featuring rare examples of historical measuring instruments drawn from the private collection of Bucks County residents Kathryn Hausman and Jim Hill. Over the last fifty years, Hausman and Hill have built one of the most extensive private collections of early colonial and 19th-century American measuring implements. Many of the early measuring tools and complex instruments on display embody the sophisticated scientific principles that helped map, measure, and build early America. Magnificent Measures! The…learn more
Looking up from the heart of the Mercer Museum’s Central Court in Doylestown, PA, is an experience like no other. Artifacts hanging from rafters and objects at every turn create a most unique sensory experience. This virtual experience features a 30-minute recorded tour of the Mercer Museum’s renowned Central Court followed by a live Q&A with one of our experienced tour guides. The Mercer Museum, one of Bucks County’s premier cultural attractions and a Smithsonian affiliate, features both local and…learn more
Fonthill Castle is hosting our annual end-of-summer Beer Fest fundraising event on the afternoon of Saturday, August 14, 2021. Enjoy local craft beers, music by Billy & Miles, light fare catered by Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar, and a commemorative beer-tasting glass in a one-of-a-kind setting while supporting our preservation and educational initiatives. Learn more.learn more
Delight in the splendor of a guided historic evening tour at Fonthill Castle. Fonthill Castle was the home of Henry Chapman Mercer and an early example of reinforced concrete architecture. Discover Mercer’s renowned ceramic tiles during these intimate 45-minute guided historic tours of the castle’s unique rooms and artifacts. Please note there are steep stairs and narrow, uneven passageways on this tour. Tours will be limited to 6 guests and one guide in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable…learn more
In this one-hour virtual multimedia program, Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle educators bring the stories of Henry Mercer and his concrete castles to life through film clips, historic archives and modern-day images. Located in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA, the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle are two historic castles that celebrate the life and legacy of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), American archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramicist and scholar. A live discussion following the presentation brings the magic of Henry Mercer’s vision right…learn more
Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
“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.
More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
Fonthill has over 200 windows all of varying sizes!
There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces.
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.
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
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.
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