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Racing: A Need for Speed

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Fonthill Castle

Tower Tour for Families

Category:
Adult, Tour, Youth

In this one-hour tour, children and parents explore Henry Mercer’s castle from basement to tower and learn about Mercer’s creative ideas through stories and prints.  This special tour travels through some areas of the castle not seen on the regular tour, including the Kitchen, Morning Room and Wind Room and takes guests up to the top terrace.  Children must be 6 or older and able to climb the steep stairs.  Space is limited. Reservations required, call 215-348-9461.

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Fonthill Castle

Fonthill Castle Escape Room

Category:
Adult, Youth

Mystery and intrigue await all those who dare to enter Fonthill Castle’s Escape Room. The Scenario: As a young man traveling through Europe, Henry Mercer explored the ancient French castle Chateau de Tiffanges (that inspired the Bluebeard legend) and he brought back with him a mysterious key which has now gone missing.  Working with Doylestown Escape Room, Fonthill has transformed a little known room at the top of the castle’s tower, into a whirlwind physical adventure game and the only way to solve the mystery is for groups to work…

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Mercer Museum

Racing: A Need for Speed

Category:
Adult, Exhibits, Featured, Youth

As participants and spectators, Americans love racing.  We race to compete and win, to improve ourselves, and master our machines, to find community with others and simply for fun, thrills and the love of spectacle. Explore the colorful history of racing in Bucks County, PA and the Delaware Valley from the footraces of early Native Americans and colonists to the horse tracks and fairgrounds of the 1800’s, to the auto speedways and bicycle velodromes of the 20th century.  Objects on…

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Mercer Museum

Stories Under the Trees with Darcy Fair

Category:
Youth

Visit the museum grounds on special Tuesdays for a rollicking children’s story hour featuring oral tales, readings, music, participatory activities, and touchable objects from the museum’s education collections.  Bring a blanket, folding chair, some lunch, a cold drink and your enthusiasm.  Programs are presented by Darcy Fair of Buckslore, and are suitable for children of all ages and their caregivers.  Free, drop-in program, sponsored in part by the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society.  Program will be moved inside…

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Fonthill Castle

Tower Tour for Families

Category:
Adult, Tour, Youth

In this one-hour tour, children and parents explore Henry Mercer’s castle from basement to tower and learn about Mercer’s creative ideas through stories and prints.  This special tour travels through some areas of the castle not seen on the regular tour, including the Kitchen, Morning Room and Wind Room and takes guests up to the top terrace.  Children must be 6 or older and able to climb the steep stairs.  Space is limited. Reservations required, call 215-348-9461.

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Fonthill Castle

Stories by the Castle with Darcy Fair

Category:
Youth

Visit the castle grounds for a rollicking children’s story hour featuring oral tales, readings, music, participatory activities, and a touchable object from the museum’s education collections. Bring a blanket, folding chair, some lunch, a cold drink and your enthusiasm.  Programs are presented by Darcy Fair of Buckslore, and are suitable for children of all ages and their caregivers.  Free, drop-in program.  Program will be moved inside in case of inclement weather.

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Mercer Museum

Stories Under the Trees with Darcy Fair

Category:
Youth

Visit the museum grounds on special Tuesdays for a rollicking children’s story hour featuring oral tales, readings, music, participatory activities, and touchable objects from the museum’s education collections.  Bring a blanket, folding chair, some lunch, a cold drink and your enthusiasm.  Programs are presented by Darcy Fair of Buckslore, and are suitable for children of all ages and their caregivers.  Free, drop-in program, sponsored in part by the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society.  Program will be moved inside…

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Mercer Museum

Black American Racers

Category:
Adult, Featured, Youth

Meet ground-breaking African-American motor racers in this panel and discussion program, led by driver, owner and entrepreneur Leonard Miller. Program includes a preview of a soon-to-be released documentary about Miller, his Black American Racers Association, and his efforts to break the color barrier in motor sports.  A restored Formula “Super Vee” raced by Miller’s team is also on view, courtesy of the Volkswagen Group of America. The program is co-sponsored by the African-American Museum of Bucks County and is included…

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Enjoy a day of family fun, food, games, crafts, entertainment and live music, with the visual splendor of Henry Mercer’s estate as the backdrop. Join in the watermelon eating contests, sack races, tug-o-war, bucket brigade relays, town ball (19th century baseball) and the popular cakewalk. You can also sit back and enjoy some stirring good old-fashioned patriotic music or participate in a craft activity. There will be a selection of vendors offering a variety of summertime snacks and treats, or…

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Fonthill Castle

Tower Tour for Families

Category:
Adult, Tour, Youth

In this one-hour tour, children and parents explore Henry Mercer’s castle from basement to tower and learn about Mercer’s creative ideas through stories and prints.  This special tour travels through some areas of the castle not seen on the regular tour, including the Kitchen, Morning Room and Wind Room and takes guests up to the top terrace.  Children must be 6 or older and able to climb the steep stairs.  Space is limited. Reservations required, call 215-348-9461.

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ROLLO'S FACTS

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.
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