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The Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle

Offering a look into pre-industrial America

Located in Doylestown, the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle are historic castles celebrating the legacy of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), American archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramicist and scholar. Both sites are operated by the Bucks County Historical Society (BCHS).

The Mercer Museum 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 through sixty different crafts and trades, and is one of the world’s most comprehensive portraits of American material culture.

The museum also features a research library that is a center for local history related to Bucks County and the surrounding region, with its roots dating back to the founding of the Bucks County Historical Society in 1880.

Fonthill Castle was built between 1908-1912, and was the home to Henry Chapman Mercer. Mercer built Fonthill Castle as his home and as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. Fonthill Castle’s interior features Mercer’s renowned, hand crafted ceramic tiles designed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Fonthill Castle, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society (BCHS), will be hosting its annual Beer Fest fundraising event in-person on Saturday, August 14th, from 2:00 to 5:00pm in Doylestown. The Beer Fest kicks off with a VIP reception at 1:00 p.m. and doors opening for all guests at 2:00pm.

Tickets for this fundraising event are $150 for VIP, $70 for General Admission, $60 for BCHS Member General Admission, and $25 for Designated Drivers.

The Mercer Museum is located at 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, 18901. Fonthill Castle is located at 525 East Court Street in Doylestown, 18901.

The Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle are open Tuesdays – Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm For up-to-date ticket and schedule information, or for tickets and information on the upcoming Fonthill Castle Beer Fest, please visit mercermuseum.org.

PHOTO CAP: Get your tickets to this year’s Fonthill Castle Beer Fest!

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