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 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:
Treasures from the Library Vault:
True Crime in Bucks County

Delve into archival and museum objects that tell the fascinating stories of true crime in Bucks County as told by our Research Library staff. Discover the history of the 1831 Mina-Chapman murder case, the 1893 Rightly murders, and other surprise treasures from the collections and archives, including clues from investigations, images of suspects, stories of attempted jail breaks, and more!
Learn more about True Crime in
Bucks County 

 

Virtual Lecture:
Treasures from the Library Vault:
Valentines from the Archives

Join Bucks County Historical Society Library and Archives Manager Annie Halliday for an evening exploring love-themed artifacts and documents from the vaults of the Mercer Museum Library. Learn about the history of valentines.
Learn more about Valentines from the Archives 

ROLLO'S FACTS

More than 60 Early American trades are represented in the Mercer Museum.
Rollo's Fact 6

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