The Mercer Mile

The Mercer Mile

Fonthill Castle, Mercer Museum Moravian Tile Works and Alsie Mansion

Trip includes: Transportation, Moravian Tileworks, Fonthill Castle, Mercer Museum, Aldie Mansion, Luncheon, Taxes and Meal Gratuities.

Driver gratuity not included

Itinerary

7:00 AM Depart Weis Markets, High St. Carlisle
7:30 AM Depart Weis Markets, Simpson Ferry Rd, Mechanicsburg.

The well-traveled town of Doylestown is home to the impressive belt of historical attractions comprised of Fonthill Museum, Mercer Museum and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Aldie Mansion; also known as The Mercer Mile. These concrete structures celebrate the life, work and collections of Henry Chapman Mercer.  Today you will travel the Mercer Mile.

Fonthill Museum—Mercer was born in 1856 and died in 1930. Fonthill was his former home, built between 1908 and 1912. The 44-room concrete castle is decorated with Mercer's personal collection of ornate handmade tiles. Bookworms love the built-in bookcases throughout the castle, housing more than 6,000 books. The National Historic Landmark has 32 stairwells, 18 fireplaces and 21 chimneys. 

Mercer Museum—Six floors of history await to be explored and discovered at the Mercer Museum, featuring 50,000 artifacts representing 60 early American trades. Each level of the museum represents a different classification and the central atrium holds unique, large objects including a whale boat, stage coach and Conestoga wagon.

Aldie Mansion—originally built in 1927 as the residence of William Mercer, Henry’s younger brother, and his wife, Martha. The home is an English Tudor manor, adorned with intricate brickwork, leaded glass, gargoyles and other sculptures that William, who was a sculptor himself, created!
The Mercers would host lavish dinner parties there, with guests like Groucho Marx, Isadora Duncan and the Von Trapp family.

Moravain Pottery and Tile Works—A tilemaker at heart, Mercer also built the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, a factory built with the idea of early Spanish mission and monastery architecture in mind. The National Historical Landmark and “working history” museum produces handmade tiles and mosaics in the same style of Mercer’s original designs. Guests can even watch artisans throughout the entire tile-making process. 

8:00 PM Approximate arrival back

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L=Lunch

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Carlisle - Weis 351 East High Street Carlisle, PA 17013
Park away from store, closer to Taco Bell
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Mechanicsburg - WEIS 5140 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg, PA
Park along Simpson Ferry Road side of the lot
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