Moravian Pottery & Tile Works Museum is a working history museum where full-time ceramists and part-time…More apprentices create re-issues of the original designs from Henry C. Mercer's historical tile collection. The craftsmen demonstrate daily to visitors how they use the same techniques from the turn of the 20th Century arts and crafts movement in creating the tiles including pressing the clay into molds and painting the tiles by hand. All of the tiles are made from hand-mixed Bucks County clay and are available for sale as souvenirs or for home improvement projects such as fireplace surrounds, backsplashes or flooring. The museum also offers classes and workshops for the public and also caters to school groups and summer camps.
Tours of the facility start with a fifteen minute orientation video and then continues along a designated tour route marked with signs throughout the concrete fabricated building. Visitors can walk through at their own pace, but the tour generally takes about 40 minutes. There are several stairways along the way. Part of the tour includes being able to watch ceramists create the tile and visitors are encouraged to ask questions, which are cheerfully answered.
The Bucks County Historical Society gives daily guided tours of the amazing structure that was once the home of Henry…More 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.
Salem United Church of Christ 186 E Court St, Doylestown, PA18901 This church has a long history in Doylestown. Its congregation began in 1861 with just 20 members. The front part…More 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.