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Moravian Tile and Pottery Works

130 East Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA
215.348.6098
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Ranked #6 of 12 attractions in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Battle Creek, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The building is old and picturesque. There is a small admission fee. The film at the beginning explains how the tile works began and are still being made the same way. Then you walk thru on a self guided tour. I enjoyed speaking to the potters at a couple locations. They were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You can buy tiles... More

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CHALFONT
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8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Amazing architecture, and it contains so much history. You can purchase Mercer tiles that are still made at this location. Beautiful tiles. Definitely a great place to visit.

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Philadelphia, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Took the regional rail line north from Philadelphia to Doylestown. The Tile Works are a pleasant one mile walk from the train station. The admission fee is very reasonable ($ 4 - $ 5). You start with a film about the founder of the Tile Works and his methods which are still producing Mercer tiles today. Then, there is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Having a little time before my tour of Fonthill Mansion/Castle, I popped over the Pottery Works which was built by Mr. Mercer as was the castle. The pottery tiles they have for sale are beautiful, though a bit expensive. The tour doesn't cost very much and there is a very informative video at the start. As it was the tour... More

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pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

It's a real working facility. They have craftsmen interns working. There are some stairs to climb. The Moravian pottery style is well known.

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Woodstock, Maryland
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27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Sorry for the use of the pun, hard to resist. A gem of a visit to a piece of American artistic history, largely forgotten. Well worth the visit, well worth he time. Who knew? Note: Not for the mobility challanged.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

A free-form tour for adults and children alike. After a brief orientation, visitors travel at their own pace, and are encouraged to ask the actual tile makers any questions. This is a "working" museum, still making tiles just the way they were made over a century ago. The dyes, kilns, and methods have not changed, and visitors are treated to... More

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The tiles produced at this site are unique. They are full relief types in a country motif. They range in various sizes, but 4x4 is the biggest seller. Often used as hot plate/table top materials. Or placed in and among other tiles to bring more character to the display.

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Conshohocken
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

A day trip to Doylestown, PA provided a glimpse inside the world of a Renaissance man, Henry Mercer at the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. Mercer was a proponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He built the Moravian Pottery and Tile works, which resembles a Spanish Mission using cement. The tour is in the original building with it's tiles... More

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Arizona
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22 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Though I only gave it an average rating, we did still enjoy it. It does not take very long to see the tour. The most informative part is the video you see in the beginning. Then you walk around and see the old kilns, and other aspects of pottery making. It is still used to make pottery with the same... More

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