Mission & Vision of the Bucks County Historical Society

Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the Bucks County Historical Society to educate and engage its many audiences in
appreciating the past and to help people find stories and meanings relevant to their lives—both today
and in the future.


History is relevant to everyone. Pin points on a map only rise to the meaning of “PLACE” when people in
strong, resilient communities share memories and stories that connect them to one another.
Over the next three years, BCHS will become a “Connector” organization, and move towards
multidisciplinary education and commitment to serving the community to ensure the Mercer Museum
and Fonthill Castle become as deeply rooted in the hearts of people as the iconic buildings are
prominently established on the landscape.


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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