Any visit to historic Bucks County in lower PA is enjoyable but a tour of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, is special. The facility is maintained as a "working history" museum by the County so, as you walk through, you'll see American Arts & Crafts style tiles being made, glazed & fired in the old kilns. The clay artists will be happy to explain to you what they're doing and answer your questions.
This place will engage everyone, even young children - it's educational, historic, and beautiful. And you'll be able to purchase finished tiles in their shop.
While there, be sure to make a pit stop in the bathrooms out behind the tile works. They're in the old horse stables: women in the former horse stalls, men in the old harness & feed room.
Fonthill, the home the pottery's founder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) built for himself out of poured concrete is also worth touring on your visit. The brilliant and intellectually curious Mercer, Harvard trained in history but not an architect, wanted to experiment with this new building method. His large collection of ceramic tiles, gathered on his travels around the world, are imbedded in the interior walls, floors, and ceilings of his home. Very beautiful - you'll fantasize about moving in.
If you want to add something even more fascinating to your stay in Doylestown, I recommend a visit to the Mercer Museum there. Toward the end of the 19th century, Mercer recognized that the Industrial Revolution was going to do away with all the things that had traditionally been made by hand so he created an encyclopedic collection of pre-industrial American artifacts from pre-1850 American life.
There are covered wagons hanging in the Great Hall and entire workshops to see on the upper floors; woodworking, hat making, tin smithing, candle making, and many more associated with pre-industrial trades, crafts, agriculture and domestic work. The collection comes from the Middle Atlantic states, New England, Appalachia and the Deep South.
I recommend planning an overnight stay in or around Doylestown, allowing one day to visit the Tile Works and Fonthill, the Mercer Museum the next.
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