Learn about the permanent exhibits at the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle that bring history to life.
On the morning of April 21, 1918, Manfred von Richthofen, aka the “Red Baron”, and his squadron engaged a group of British Royal Flying Corps planes over a little village in northern France. In this reenactment, David Wesley Tonkin tells the story of this fight, which ended with the death of the “Red Baron”. Tonkin provides insights into the incident and a concluding opinion in the ongoing debate: who shoot down the “Red Baron”?learn more
Join us for one of our volunteer clean-up days at the Fonthill Woodlands and continue Henry Mercer’s commitment to shared history, natural spaces and community experiences. A few hours in the woodlands will help maintain areas like the Little House in the Woods for generations to come. On this day, we will focus on the cleaning up the main gate entryway, removing debris along Court Street and the area around the Little House. Please bring your own gloves and gardening…learn more
Tour the Fonthill Castle grounds off of East Court Street with experts from the Doylestown Nature Club and explore the vast array of specimen trees and their history. Meet at Fonthill Welcome Center at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Buy Tickets to the Seasonal Grounds Tour of Fonthill Castlelearn more
During these hour-long tours, guests explore Henry Mercer’s home from basement to tower and learn more about Mercer’s creative ideas through stories and illustrated prints. These special behind-the-scenes tours offer access to areas not seen on daily tours. Please note there are steep stairs and narrow, uneven passageways at this historic site. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Purchase tickets to the 10:15 a.m. Tower Tour Purchase tickets to the 11:45 a.m. Tower Tourlearn more
Enjoy an unforgettable evening of culinary delights and tantalizing cocktails at the Mercer Museum’s major annual fundraiser to benefit year-round education, exhibition and community initiatives. Guests enjoy offerings from the area’s most renowned restaurants, caterers, and bakeries while imbibing crafted cocktails and dancing the night away. An online silent auction features one-of-a-kind experiences and packages, all to benefit a great cause. Purchase Tickets to Cocktails at the Castlelearn 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
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.
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.
In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
Fonthill has over 200 windows all of varying sizes!
The Mercer Museum and Fonthill annually welcome visitors from all 50 states.
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces.
More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
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