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Fonthill

East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
215-348-9461
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44 rooms with interior walls, floors and ceilings adorned with a dazzling array... more » Owner description: Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44 rooms with interior walls, floors and ceilings adorned with a dazzling array of the artist’s original handcrafted tiles. « less
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New Hope, PA
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137 reviews 137 reviews
46 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

One of the first cement castles built in America, Henry Mercer was a genius. Inspired by a visit to Europe, he built this National Historic Landmark and filled it with outstanding multi-colored Moravian tiled murals.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

First concrete house I have been in. Most interesting that someone would live here. Was rather warm and so we couldn't go to the top of the house. The rest was fascinating with tiles set into the concrete

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Dresher, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

So much fun to explore! This unusual home of Henry Mercer is a must see for visitors and locals. The guides are always very well informed and truly enjoy sharing Mercer as well as local history. Be sure to visit the Moravian Tile Works shop as well.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you love tiles (the owner covered all his walls in beautiful descriptive tiles), early 20th century history, castles, or quirky houses, this is for you. Lots of steps and winding staircases. It's an assault on your senses - my kids are 10, 8, and 6, and they did great, but I can't really imagine going through it with smaller... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

So we never would have gone here had my mom messed up the dates on the Polish festival. Since we were already an hour from home I was determined that we were going to do something. So I found fonthill castle, and I am so glad I did! This building is magnificent and beautiful. Our guide did more than just... More

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Freehold, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Fonthill is very cool. My tour guide, Tom, is a retired professor and is also very cool. I had a private tour since there were no other visitors at my tour time. (So lucky, right?) I took the general tour, but Tom told me there are more specialized tours you can take. One takes you room by room where the... More

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Albany, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What amazing place! The guided tour was just amazing, but what I wouldn't give you be set loose in that place to run free and explore. What a cool place to see. It's like an adult fun house. I can't say enough great things about this place, a must see!

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Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We thought a witch lived in this cattle when we were kids, so unfortunately, we ran and hid from tree to tree and never knocked on the door. We are so lucky that Font Hill is now open to the public, so we can all experience it's magical architecture and art.

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bucks county, pa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Fonthill startles you with it's appearance. It is like a touch of Europe dropped into a small Pennsylvania town. Henry Mercer, a renaissance man, built his version of a European castle out of poured concrete. The guided tour merely touches on the unique style and appearance of this amazing structure. The nooks and crannies, the concrete dressers, the wealth of... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Do not miss the tour of the house ,it was very informative. We were there just before a wedding and the place looked very nice but I think it is always that nice and well kept

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