Alert: Fonthill Castle will be closed to the public for necessary maintenance work from Monday, November 2 - Thursday, November 19, 2020 inclusive. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you again beginning on November 20.

Bucks County Historical Society
Virtual Outreach Program

 

Henry Chapman Mercer: A Legacy Built in Concrete

Offered by BCHS staff to museums, libraries, senior centers, adult groups, and more.

$150 Virtual Presentation Fee/$125 Non-Profit and Public Library Virtual Presentation Fee

 

Located in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA, the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle are two historic castles that celebrate the life and legacy of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), American archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramicist and scholar.

In this hour-long virtual multimedia program featuring film clips, historic archives and modern-day images, Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle educators bring the stories of Henry Mercer and his concrete castles to life for a new generation of history lovers.

The Mercer Museum, one of Bucks County’s premier cultural attractions and a Smithsonian affiliate, features both local and national seasonal exhibits as well as a core museum collection of over 50,000 pre-Industrial tools. This permanent collection offers visitors a unique window into pre-Industrial America and is one of the world’s most comprehensive portraits of American material culture. Fonthill Castle was home to Henry Chapman Mercer and served as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. Fonthill Castle features Mercer’s renowned, handcrafted ceramic tiles designed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement.

 

For additional information or to book this presentation, please contact Community Programs Coordinator Olivia Brown at obrown@mercermusuem.org or (215) 345-0210 x.171.

ROLLO'S FACTS

All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
Rollo's Fact 2

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