Events for June 12, 2023
Everyday Rhythms: Music at the Mercer | Open Now – December 31, 2023 Location: Mercer Museum Admission: Entry included with general Mercer Museum admission. Everyday Rhythms explores some of these common uses of music and musical instruments – shared across many regions, people and cultures. These instruments were once a part of the acoustic … Continue reading “Everyday Rhythms: Music at the Mercer” Exhibition Find out more »
Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
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.
“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.
Fonthill has over 200 windows all of varying sizes!
The Mercer Museum and Fonthill annually welcome visitors from all 50 states.
More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
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.
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
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