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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
Enjoy a culinary feast at this special, al fresco evening on the tented grounds of the Mercer Museum. Tickets include: A reserved seat for dining Culinary specialties from some of our area’s best restaurants and caterers Craft cocktail creations and non-alcoholic beverages Musical entertainment Unique online silent auction items Cocktails at the Castle benefits the Mercer Museum’s education programs, exhibitions, and community initiatives. More information. Rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.learn 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.
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.
More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
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.
Fonthill has over 200 windows all of varying sizes!
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
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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