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Happy Birthday, Henry!

June 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Interested in local history? Want to see what life was like in Doylestown at the turn of the century?

Join us on Saturday, June 26, 2021 to celebrate the 165th birthday of Henry Chapman Mercer and tour the historic house where he was born.

Tours are reservation only, with timed entry. Masks are required.

$10 for the public. Free to VIA Members

Call (215) 348-2187 to make your reservations today.

So what IS the James-Lorah Memorial Home? It was the home for 85 years of Miss Sarah Maria James, a charter member of the Village Improvement Association when it was founded in 1895. Upon her death in 1954, Miss James bequeathed to the VIA the 17-room residence, its contents and a trust fund for maintenance. That’s where James comes in. What about Lorah

Sarah’s sister, Martha, married the Reverend Dr. George H. Lorah, a Methodist minister, in 1896. Following the deaths of Sarah’s and Martha’s parents, it became the summer home of Sarah James and the Lorahs.  The bequest of Miss James established this home as the center of VIA activity. In her will, Miss James requested that her home be named the James-Lorah Memorial Home

So how do we get to Mercer? On June 24, 1865, Henry Mercer was born at the James-Lorah Memorial Home which at that time was the home of his paternal grandfather, Henry Chapman. Henry Mercer was the son of Mary Chapman Mercer and William Mercer.

Now you know the history, come see those stories come to life!

These tours will be through reservation only. Tours are free for all VIA members while their family and friends may visit at a discount fee of $8. The fee for the public will be $10.  Please call (215) 348-2187 to make your reservations today. Following COVID guidelines, each tour will be restricted to just 4 people and masks will be required. On this tour, you will not only learn more about Henry Mercer and his affection for his birthplace but also about the two families who owned this house. 

You will be able to visit four newly refurbished areas of the home: the Dollhouse Room, the Library, the Travel Room, and our beautiful garden area.


June 26, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Village Improvement Association of Doylestown
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James-Lorah Memorial Home
132 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 United States
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