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David Wesley Tonkin presents an exhilarating celebration of one of the world’s most influential and significant women, Amelia Earhart. She lived the life she described so eloquently in one of her best-known quotes, “No borders, just horizons … only freedom.” During this lively presentation, learn about Amelia and her experiences as the first women to cross the Atlantic by airplane, and the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic. This joyous and poignant tribute to Earhart is inspired by…learn more
The Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society present “Alice Paul – The Quaker Fights for Equality.” During this presentation, Historic Interpreter Patricia Troilo presents the story of Alice Paul, one of the leading suffragettes of the 20th century. Troilo has a long career as a historical guide of over 20 years with organizations such as Historic Philadelphia, Once Upon a Nation, and American Historical Theatre, and she recounts how Alice Paul’s formation of the National Women’s Party (a break-off…learn more
Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
Fonthill has over 200 windows all of varying sizes!
“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.
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
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.
There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces.
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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