Doylestown, Pennsylvania: Fonthill, Concrete Castle Home
- 152 E. Swamp Rd, Doylestown, PA
- Take US 202/E. State St. to the north side of Doylestown, then turn west onto Hwy 313/Swamp Rd. Drive one mile, pass Court St., then make the next left at the sign for the Moravian Tile Works and Fonthill. Park in the lot to the left, then walk straight ahead to Fonthill, which is hidden from the road.
- M-Sa 10 am - 4 pm, Su 12-4 pm (Call to verify)
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- Worth a Detour
Henry Mercer dreamed up an eclectic castle home, and had it constructed out of concrete. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [03/07/2010]
Visitor Tips and News About Fonthill, Concrete Castle Home
Plan in advance and call to take a nighttime, behind-the-scenes tour.[Roger Crook, 02/21/2011]
Three unique buildings designed and built by Henry Chapman Mercer, a handmade tile craftsman in the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century. Each building is made of reinforced poured concrete -- an unusual building material for the time. All are almost castle-like in architecture.
- Fonthill is Mercer's home - the interior is completely covered floor to ceiling with beautiful handmade tiles from Mercer's nearby.
- Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. The Tile Works is still producing one of a kind handmade tile with an old-fashioned appearance.
- The Mercer Museum (my favorite of the three) houses Henry Mercer's collection of 19th century gadgets, farm tools, and common household instruments. It is a look into life in the 1800's.