Learn about the permanent exhibits at the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle that bring history to life.
High Flying Fun for Kids of All Ages! Join the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society at Fonthill Castle for this spectacular spring event! Learn to build and fly a kite with Clifford “The Kiteman” Quinn. Admission to the event is $5 per family, which includes a kite presentation by Mr. Quinn at 1:00 p.m. in Fonthill Castle’s tent. Bring your own kite to fly or reserve a kite to build and decorate at an additional $5 per kite! A…learn more
During World War II, more than one thousand women volunteers completed the WASP military pilot training program. They endured terrible Texas weather, snakes, spiders and scorpions, as well as the hostility of some male instructors. Graduating WASPs piloted every kind of military aircraft, tested new and overhauled airplanes (some with defective parts or dangerous reputations), delivered more than 12,000 planes, and flew over 60,000,000 miles (sometimes towing targets that soldiers shot at with live ammunition!) Thirty-eight of them died serving their…learn more
Join the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society for an entertaining and informative journey to historic Gettysburg, to explore Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Tickets are $85/$80 Friends of BCHS members. Tickets include round trip bus transportation, all admission fees, morning refreshments, and wine and refreshments on the return trip to Doylestown. Space is limited. To register please fill out the following form: June 8 Trip Registration – Gettysburglearn more
In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
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.
The Mercer Museum and Fonthill annually welcome visitors from all 50 states.
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.
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.
Fonthill has over 200 windows all of varying sizes!
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.
“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.