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Philadelphia Chapter Event


Enjoy a day in Doylestown with a visit to Michener Museum and Fonthill Castle

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Doylestown PA
Restricted to members only
Only current members can register for this event
Contact: Christine Kanter

It’s a breath of fresh air in Bucks County and the historic town of Doylestown.  The James A. Michener Museum, a private nonprofit that opened in 1988, was named after the prize-winning author, art collector and philanthropist.

10:30 - 11:30 - Docent led tour
The Mercer Museum, which attracts 135,000 visitors from around the world annually, is a history museum of everyday life in America during the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection of some 40,000 objects documents the lives and tasks of early Americans and holds a world-class collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings and special exhibitions.

12:00 - 2:00
Optional (pay as you go) lunch within walking distance of the museum.  The final location will be chosen prior to the event date. Please contact Chris Kanter directly if you are interested in participating in a group lunch.  Time will also be available for a stroll around the quaint downtown and the open space surrounding Fonthill and the Mercer Museum.

2:30 -3:30 -  Guided tour of Fonthill Castle, a National Historic Landmark
Mercer built Fonthill, which  serves as a window into his unique architectural and artistic vision. The art, architecture and personal collecting interests of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) are represented in the holdings of Fonthill Castle. These include several thousand European and American prints, and decorative ceramic tiles from Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East – as well as tile produced at Mercer’s own Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Many of these tiles are inset into Fonthill’s walls and ceilings.

Transportation options:  
Doylestown is accessible from Center City via the Lansdale/Doylestown Septa line and walking from point to point is possible, but driving is recommended and on-site parking is available. Please contact Chris if you are interested in forming or being part of a carpool.

Cost: $35 for the Museum and Castle tours. Lunch is optional and a separate cost.

Registration, payments and cancellations* must be made by September 20, 2017.
*No refunds will be given after this date.