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Fonthill

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Address: East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
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+1 215-348-9461
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Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44...

Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44 rooms with interior walls, floors and ceilings adorned with a dazzling array of the artist’s original handcrafted tiles.

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Interesting & Fun Architectural Study

The interesting life story of Henry Chapman Mercer and his design and construction of Fonthill drew us in like a great novel. Mr. Mercer was unquestionably an interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Tom G
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The interesting life story of Henry Chapman Mercer and his design and construction of Fonthill drew us in like a great novel. Mr. Mercer was unquestionably an interesting individual who lived his privileged life in a fascinating way. Our guide did a wonderful job of telling this story.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our tour guide mercy was fantastic with a very thorough historical 75 minute tour. The 13 rooms were incredibly rich with history.

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Old Bethpage, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited 2/18/17: Visiting requires a guided tour. Make reservation in advance. Pay upon entry. Tour was excellent but because no roaming around (understandably) felt that we weren't able to really look at the place. So much to inspect! Awesome. I'd go back. Pair with Mercer museum and you've got yourself a good several hours of fascinating sightseeing at a fair... More 

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West Caldwell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an amazing home to tour. I wish we could have gone in every room So interesting. Really enjoyed seeing this and imagining what it was like to live here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love history and historical places, and was surprised this was so close, I had to make the trip out there. Upon reaching the castle, I drove down the tree lined pathway which led you right to the castle. I'm sure in Spring time, this is gorgeous, but in winter, it looks very plain. I didn't have a reservation when... More 

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an unusal find; quite an interesting place; reservations needed for the tour; it was winter with snow so we could not take advantage of the lovely walking trail along the grounds; unique concrete castle every room unique; Morvarian pottery everywhere mostly story tiles but many many historical tiles form Asia and Europe also; no photos inside; lots of stairs... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour is definitely worth a trip diversion. It is one of the few museum visits you will leave saying you want to go back through again. Henry Mercer was an incredibly creative individual, and he expressed it throughout the 44-room, concrete "man-cave" castle he designed (self-taught) and built between 1908-1912. Each room is unique and is reached by a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This is an incredible castle The history of how it was built along with the hidden rooms winding staircases and incredible tile work is incredible. The tour guide was fabulous. Absolutely must do the tour and also visit the museum he bought with massive collections.

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

If you like exploring castles that also was someone's home, you'll want to visit here. Henry Mercer loved making tiles and this place is loaded throughout the tour. He lived here through the turn of the century and was the architect for this home fortress. The tour guide was friendly and maybe a little nervous. In the cooler months, you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I love visiting Font Hill, the home of Henry Mercer. All concrete castle which was his home. The candle light tour at certain times of year is nice and it is also a great place for weddings. Very unusual with a beautiful rustic Doylestown setting.

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