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“Unexpected gem in Doylestown”

Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Ranked #5 of 31 things to do in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, is maintained as a "working history" museum by Pennsylvania's County of Bucks, Department of Parks and Recreation.
Willingboro, New Jersey
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101 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Unexpected gem in Doylestown”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Together with Fonthill Castle and the Mercer museum, you could spend the day touring these 3 attractions and have a great day! Of the 3, the Moravian Tile and Pottery Works was my favorite. The video at the beginning of the tour is informative without being tedious, the self-guided tour of the factory is fantastic (watch the staff make pottery tiles just like they did in Mercer's day), and the gift shop is full of great pieces.

Visited August 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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154 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“great gift shop/show room!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

After immersing ourselves with visits to Fonthill Castle and Mercer Museum, we were a little worn out for another museum so opted for just visiting the gift shop -- great selection of tiles that the tile works is making from Mercer's original designs. There is a nice price range so you can find a small tile to remember your visit or get a big piece for your patio!

I didn't go on the tour so there was no fee for visiting the showroom.

I would highly recommend Fonthill Castle and the Mercer Museum and have written reviews of both. The Moravian tile works is just down the hill from Fonthill Castle on the same grounds. Both have a parking lot so you don't need to walk down from the castle if you do not want to.

Visited August 2013
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Loudonville, New York
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239 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Moravian tile works was a very interesting museum to visit. The time was well spent learning about tile making in another era. The self guided tour was very nice. There was a worker actually making tile for orders that they had received. She was there to answer our many questions. It was worth the visit.

Visited August 2013
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Bucks County PA
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62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“The 'factory' of the Mercer empire”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Still making wonderful tiles, for what must be 100 years. Do not miss this small unique working, work of art!

Visited August 2013
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Bucks County
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unique history for the modern age”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is of interest to anyone who lives in a house, is interested in architecture or pottery in any form. The tours are very complete and informative and the guides very knowledgeable. On an adjacent site the Mercer Museum is filled with historical tools and shows life in the early part of the 19th and 20th century. We used Moravian Tiles in our kitchen remodel and they are always noticed. The entire site is called the Mercer Mile and includes Henry Mercer's home. The Spruance Library also features colonial history and ancestral studies. Doylestown, PA itself is a nice place to walk around, and is the county seat of Bucks County PA, one hour north of Philadelphia. On the Delaware River be sure to visit New Hope PA and Washington's Crossing, PA for more history and sight seeing. Be sure to visit Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, too.

Visited April 2013
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