Built between 1908-1912, Fonthill was the home of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramist, scholar and antiquarian, Mercer built Fonthill both as his home and as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. The first of three Mercer buildings in Doylestown, Fonthill served as a showplace for Mercer’s famed Moravian tiles that were produced during the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Designed by Mercer, the building is an eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles, and is significant as an early example of poured reinforced concrete.
From 1976 to the present, Fonthill has evolved into a unique professional museum that provides a full range of museum programs related to Mercer and his collections while maintaining a strong commitment to the preservation and conservation of the building and its collections. Fonthill is designated a National Historic Landmark and the site is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Today, Fonthill attracts over 30,000 visitors annually from every state and more than 35 foreign countries.
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sundays: Noon – 5 pm
Hour Long Guided Tours Only. Please call for daily tour schedule, Monday – Friday first tour at 11 am., Saturday first tour at 10:30 am, Sunday first tour at noon.
Effective through March 13, last tour of Fonthill will be at 3:30 pm.
Reservations are required as tours can fill up quickly. For reservations and tour times, call 215-348-9461 or email
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