Featured EventsCalendar View
Events List Navigation
History of Our Shelves | Wednesday, October 18, 2023 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Mercer Museum Learning Center Admission: $5 General Admission/Free BCHS Member Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Mercer Museum’s Research Library? Join Director of Library and Archives, Annie Halliday, to celebrate American Archives Month by exploring the beginnings of the Bucks County’s Historical Society’s archival collection and learning how it moved from the Bucks County Courthouse to the Mercer Museum. Register for History…learn more
There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces.
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.
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.
The Research Library of the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, 2500 feet of county archives, over 12,000 images and more!
“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.
All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
In addition to installing his own Arts and Crafts tiles in Fonthill, Henry Mercer incorporated Persian, Chinese, Spanish and Dutch tiles.
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.
The Mercer Museum and Fonthill annually welcome visitors from all 50 states.
Sign up now to stay up to date with the latest news from the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle.
Stay in touch with us through your favorite social networking sites.