Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle in Doylestown Pennsylvania

PENNSYLVANIA - Mercer Museum: Nearly 100 years after it opened, the museum, Mercer's house, and pottery are still in existence. Both buildings and the home are National Historic Landmarks. Mercer's home is also open to the public. Mercer was one of the first Americans to use rebar-reinforced concrete.

Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle in Doylestown Pennsylvania
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Mercer Fonthill Castle Is An Exciting Place To Visit In Doylestown



This mansion is the home of Henry Chapman Mercer, an archaeologist, and collector.  Mercer left the housekeeper Laura Swain the life rights to the castle, and she opened it to the public every once in a while until the mid-1970s. After that, the Bucks County Historical Society acquired it and began its work on getting Fonthill recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Today, the museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Mercer Museum: Mercer Museum is a museum that celebrates American history.  The museum's collection consists of more than 30,000 pieces and is divided into four levels. The first five floors contain individual rooms dedicated to various industries. Interestingly, some of the tools found in the museum are similar to those used today. The Mercer Museum's collection is incredibly diverse. You'll find tools and artifacts dating back to the early 1800s.

Mercer Museum: The Mercer Museum is a poured-in-place concrete structure.  It's one of three concrete structures Mercer built in and around Doylestown. The other two are Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. All three are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fonthill Castle was Mercer's residence until 1930.