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Moravian Tile and Pottery Works

130 East Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA
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Ranked #7 of 12 Attractions in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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English first
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110 reviews 110 reviews
36 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a really cool place, particularly if you are interested in the early Arts & Crafts movement (100 years before the current DIY wave), and/or handmade tile. The building itself is handmade from concrete in kind of an organic form around a courtyard. On the tour you see the study of the visionary founder, Henry Chapman Mercer, and his... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was a lot more than expected. It was the least part of our trip (pilgrimage, actually) but it turns out to be surprisingly impressive and educating thing to do, especially if you have children (well, maybe not toddlers but teens who are still developing their values). I was amazed at intelligent modern technology Henry Mercer created and incorporated in... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We did not take the tour through this venue, but we did go in the gift shop which had mostly all tiles of varying sizes and prices. The gift shop itself was interesting to look at. Also the property has bathrooms - they appear to be in converted horse stalls, which fascinated my kids. This is a walk down the... More

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is a great place to visit if you enjoy handcrafted arts and crafts. The tour is quite minimal – a hard-to-hear videotape played on a TV in the Great Room. But the history of the place is a fascinating story. The 3-story Great Room is an eclectic collection of furniture, tools and odds and ends hanging on the walls.... More

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Robbinsville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. A unique collection of handmade decorative tiles, made the same way Mercer made them over 109 years ago. A video introduction sets the stage for a self-guided tour of the entire process. Beautiful tiles and helpful staff make for a educational and visual treat.

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Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

History in ceramics, presented in beautiful little tiles you can take home after you tour the studio factory.

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Southern NJ
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88 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

After visiting the Bucks County Civil War Museum and getting lunch, we headed to the Moravian Tile and Pottery Works. The first part of the tour, the film, gave us the background to know what we would be looking at as we went on our self-guided tour. The unique construction with cement was something we had never seen before. And... More

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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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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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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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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