Fonthill Castle, with the help of Sen. Steve Santarsiero, has secured a state grant in order to develop a master site plan for site improvements to the historic property and its 60-plus acres of woodlands, amplifying Henry Mercer’s long-lasting legacy in Bucks County.
Built between 1908-1912, Fonthill Castle is located in the heart of Bucks County and was the home of Henry Mercer and served as both his home and showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. Today, Fonthill Castle operates as a historic house museum and community cultural gathering place that is managed by the Bucks County Historical Society.
This $200,000 state grant includes a vital comprehensive site study of the entire property, including the woodlands, waterways, vehicular and pedestrian access, and environmental studies of natural flora and fauna, in order to improve community access and usage for residents and visitors.
“The Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle are real treasures that we are fortunate to have right here in Doylestown, and encompass a diverse and fascinating collection of art, history and culture,” said Santarsiero. “What many people don’t realize is that Henry Mercer cared deeply about the nature surrounding the buildings as well, which includes an extensive network of trails on the expansive Fonthill Castle property. I am excited to see how the Bucks County Historical Society will be improving the property to make the Fonthill Castle property more accessible for the community and visitors alike.”
“The Bucks County Historical Society is grateful for this opportunity to enhance Fonthill Castle’s 60-plus acres in the heart of Doylestown,” said Kyle McKoy, president and CEO. “The funding through the support of Sen. Santarsiero allows us to build upon Henry Mercer’s mission for the preservation and study of native woodlands, meadows, and bird and animal sanctuaries for the entire community to enjoy.”