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Fonthill Museum
525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901

The Bucks County Historical Society gives daily guided tours of the amazing structure that was once the home of HenryMore Chapman Mercer. Constructed of fireproof concrete, the home was designed and built by Mercer circa 1910. The design borrows from a range of European styles that Mercer became familiar with on his travels abroad, including Gothic, medieval and Byzantine. The many tiles featured inside and outside the home were a kind of showcase of the many products produced by his nearby Moravian Tile Works.

Inside photography is not allowed. A permit is required for wedding and commercial photographers. Private parties are handled by Memorable Affairs in Hartsville.

Admission discounts are offered for AAA members as well as military personnel. Coupons are available online at the Mercer Museum website. Tour groups and school groups are welcome.

Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St, Doylestown, PA 18901
The Mercer Museum is a six-story castle constructed of concrete by Henry C. Mercer to house and exhibit his collectionMore of everyday objects from the mid-19th Century. Many objects, such as a whaling boat, stagecoach and Conestoga wagon, are suspended from the ceiling of the castle's central atrium, having been delibertly hung per Mercer's direction, to force visitors to view these objects in a new and different way. Museum patrons can view themed display rooms as they walk around on each floor, showing items such as tools of a hatmaker, shoemaker, confectionary and healing arts. Mercer purchased most of his collection prior to his death in 1930.  His mission was to preserve the tools of the past which were quickly becoming obsolete by the Industrial Revolution.  Through donations, the museum is still collecting today.  In fact, items which are now obsolete in the 21st Century, such as an 8-track cassette tape and a black rotary telephone, are on also display. Construction of a "New Century Expansion" is scheduled to be completed in 2011. Childrens activities such as scavenger hunts are available throughout the museum.  They include searching for the concrete pawprints of Rollo the dog, and the "Animals on the Loose" exhibit on the fifth floor. The Mercer Museum is neither heated nor air conditioned. Although the concrete construction helps to moderate temperature extremes, visitors are advised to dress accordingly. Much of the museum is accessible via elevator, however, there are some rooms which can only be reached by using the stairs. The museum is administered by the Bucks County Historical Society, which also oversees the Fonthill Museum.  Combination tickets for both the Mercer and Fonthill Museums are available.  Private events are catered by Memorable Affairs of nearby Hartsville, PA.
Salem United Church of Christ
186 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901
This church has a long history in Doylestown. Its congregation began in 1861 with just 20 members. The front partMore of the current church structure was built in 1897, and there are tiles presented to the church by Henry Chapman Mercer in its chancel. The back part of the church is an addition that was built in 1929. A later expansion prompted the church to buy a property across Court Street and turn it into an education center. Services include contemporary worship on Saturdays at 5pm and a traditional service on Sunday at 9:30am. Childcare is available during both masses.
Doylestown Historical Society
56 S Main St, Doylestown, PA 18901

The Doylestown Historical Society building is located on S. Main Street near the center of town.

The societyMore was started in 1995 with the mission of preserving the local historic business of Doylestown in a time when newer construction and industry was taking over.

The museum is only open on weekends or by appointment for visitors interested in taking a tour of the building and the various exhibits.

Permanent exhibits include:

Henry Chapman Mercer - A Great Doylestonian - (1865-1930)
 
Wlliam Watts Hart Davis - Doylestown's Foremost Historian - (1820-1910)
 
Dr, William Edgar Geil - Doylestown's Evangelical World Explorer - (1865-1925)

James-Lorah Memorial Home
132 N Main St, Doylestown, PA 18901

The James-Lorah Memorial Home is a historical site that is open for public tours.

The former dwelling at 132More N. Main St. is the headquarters of the Village Improvement Association, the women's organization founded in 1895 for the betterment of Doylestown.

Part of the property dates to 1806, when Zerick Titus built a harness and saddler's shop about where the one-story wing to the right of the main house now stands.

The home as it looks today was built around 1844 by Judge Henry Chapman, grandfather of Henry Mercer.

A later owner, Sarah James, bequeated the home to the V.I.A. after her death in 1954.

The house features Greek revival, Federal and Italianate style architecture.

Its auditorium is used frequently for public and community events.