We continue to welcome your interest in visiting our Designer House and Gardens annual event! Since you like visiting these types of homes, why not mark your calendar to visit two other historic homes with our Henry’s Homes for the Holidays tour in Doylestown on December 10, 2017?
The James-Lorah Memorial Home, built in 1844, is the headquarters of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA). Its contents reflect the décor and furnishings of the Victorian era. Fonthill is tile maker Henry Mercer’s fairytale castle owned by the Bucks County Historical Society. It has been featured on the TV program “America’s Castles”.
Henry Mercer, archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramist, scholar and antiquarian, was born in our home and spent his early years here when his parents lived with his grandfather, Judge Henry Chapman. In 1869, the home was sold to Dr. Oliver P James and members of his family lived here until 1954 when his daughter, Sarah James, bequeathed the home to the VIA. Fonthill is Henry’s fairytale castle which he created with innovative construction processes, original tiles from the tile works he built plus thousands of items from his travels around the world.
Enjoy learning some fascinating local history and refresh yourself in our James-Lorah Auditorium with light fare and holiday music by the Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the Country Gentlemen Barbershop Quartet. Register by calling FonthillMuseum.org at (215) 348-9461 for the 11 am or 2 pm tours (one entry fee, $35/pp).