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    Spotlight: Village Improvement Association

    Mearns Mill Manor is the site of the 2021 Bucks County Designer House & Gardens event. Located at 545 Almshouse Road in Ivyland, this wonderful 1870’s mansion is owned by the Heritage Conservancy.

    The historic property provides a fabulous venue for designers and landscapers to work their transformative magic, returning the house to its former grace and splendor.

    With extensive grounds and over 5,000 square feet of interior space, the home is the perfect setting for them to display their talents.

    Period charm and architectural detail abound in the house, which contains seven bedrooms and three bathrooms and features original hardware and architectural detail.

    Most rooms have fireplaces.

    This year marks the 46th annual Designer House & Gardens event.

    Mearns Mill Manor will be open for tours daily from May 2nd to May 30th.

    To safeguard visitors, admission to the house will be by timed tickets purchased in advance. Social distancing and COVID -19 screening protocols will be in place.

    For tickets, which are now on sale, please visit www.buckscountydesignerhouse.org.

    The Designer House & Gardens is the largest fundraiser held by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA), a non-profit women’s organization.

    Since its founding in 1895, the VIA has dedicated its efforts to improving the health and welfare of the Central Bucks community.

    It founded Doylestown Hospital in 1923 and continues to govern this nationally-recognized, award-winning healthcare system.

    Other VIA programs support veterans and those in need, provide academic scholarships, and support the historic James-Lorah Memorial home in Doylestown, a house and museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More recently, in 2019 the VIA began to focus on the local impact of the opioid epidemic, addressing mental health issues and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

    Proceeds from Mearns Mill Manor will benefit the Women’s Diagnostic Center at Doylestown Health.

    To learn more about the VIA, or for information about membership in the organization, please go to www.via-doylestown.org.

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