Virtual Tour:
Highlights of Fonthill Castle 

Throughout this winter season, delight in the splendor
of a virtual guided historic tour of Fonthill Castle in
the heart of Doylestown, Bucks County, PA. These
45-minute virtual experiences feature a 30-minute
recorded guided journey through Henry Chapman
Mercer’s home, followed by a live virtual Q&A
conversation with one of our experienced tour guides.
Learn more about Virtual Fonthill Castle Tours

Virtual Tour:
Highlights of Central Court at the Mercer Museum

 

This 45-minute virtual experience features a 15-minute recorded tour of the Mercer Museum’s famous Central Court, followed by an array of mesmerizing photographs and a live virtual Q&A conversation with one of our
experienced tour guides.

Learn more about Virtual Central Court Tours

Virtual Zoom Presentation:
A Legacy Built in Concrete

In this one-hour virtual multimedia program,
Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle educators
bring the stories of Henry Mercer and his
concrete castles to life through film clips,
historic archives and modern-day images.

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.

A live discussion following the
presentation brings the magic of Henry
Mercer’s vision right into your home and
is perfect for history lovers of all ages.

Learn more about Legacy Built in
Concrete Program

Virtual Family Program:
Colonial Farm Experience

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in a log house? Explore the daily life of colonial farmers with Mercer Museum educators during this virtual family program. Learn about the well pump, colonial games and toys, churning butter, and more! 

These 60-minute virtual experiences feature a 45-minute recorded journey in a colonial log house, followed by a live virtual Q&A conversation with our educators that is fun for the whole family.

Learn more about Colonial Farm Experience

 

Virtual Family Program:
Meet the Makers: Bartering in Colonial Times

Join a Colonial shoemaker and the owner of a general store and learn how people in early America bartered for the household objects they needed to survive. See how they made shoes, tin-punch lanterns, iron nails and so much more in this 45-minute virtual experience, followed by a live virtual Q&A conversation with our expert educators.
Learn more about Bartering in
Colonial Times 

 

 

Virtual Lecture:
Postcards of Bucks County:
The Complete Arnold Brothers Series

Tuesday, April 27 at 6 p.m.

Explore the history of Bucks County and its landmarks through early postcards of images taken by the Arnold Brothers from the late 1890s through the turn of the 20th century. Learn about the history of this postcard series as well as the “unpublished Arnold negatives,” roughly 400 image negatives preserved in the archives of the Bucks County Historical Society.

Learn more about Postcards of Bucks County

 

Virtual Lecture:
Telling Local History Using the Mercer Museum with Author Scott Bomboy

Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m.

Local author and historian Scott Bomboy recently published a book and a website that mined the Mercer Museum Library’s resources to tell old stories in new ways. The library’s unique collections about Bucks County played a critical role in “An American Hometown,” the first early comprehensive history of Perkasie Borough.

Learn more about Telling Local History

Virtual Lecture-
Treasures from the Library Vault:
Seeds and Gardening

Tuesday, May 18 at 6 p.m.

In celebration of the spring season, virtually join Library & Archives Manager Annie Halliday for a Zoom lecture where she explores the origins of Bucks County’s historic Burpee Seeds and Landreth’s Seeds companies through items from the Mercer Museum’s Research Library archives.

Learn more about Seeds and Gardening

Virtual Lecture-
America’s Yankee da Vinci:
Rufus Porter and His Curious World of Invention

Wednesday, June 23 at 6 p.m.

Explore the life and history of American inventor Rufus Porter in this special virtual lecture with Independent Curator Laura F. Sprague and University of Maine Professor of Art History Justin Wolff.

In 2019, Sprague and Wolff co-curated the exhibit Rufus Porter’s Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815-1860 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine.

Learn more about America’s Yankee da Vinci

 

Virtual Lecture-
Saving Your Story: Preservation 101 for the Family Historian

Tuesday, June 29 at 6 p.m.

Interested in knowing how to store and protect your family memories? Join Bucks County Historical Society Library & Archives Manager Annie Halliday for a 45-minute virtual lecture via Zoom as she explores the best practices for preserving your family heirlooms, such as photographs, documents, scrapbooks and more! Learn more about how to house fragile and rare items to ensure their survival for generations to come.

Learn more about Saving Your Story

 

 

ROLLO'S FACTS

All the concrete used to construct Fonthill (1908-1910) was mixed by hand!
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