A GROUP-FRIENDLY GETAWAY TO DOYLESTOWN
Look no further than Doylestown, located in the heart of Bucks County, for a historic and fun-filled day for groups of all sizes. Doylestown is home to the famous Mercer Mile, three concrete structures celebrating the life, work and collections of Henry Chapman Mercer. Groups will love touring these iconic buildings, including Fonthill Castle, the Mercer Museum and Moravian Pottery & Tile Works.
• Start the day with a tour of Fonthill Castle, Henry Mercer’s former home. Built between 1908 and 1912, this 44-room concrete castle is decorated with Mercer’s personal collection of ornate handmade tiles. Bookworms will love the built-in bookcases throughout the castle, housing more than 6,000 books. Fun fact: this National Historic Landmark has 32 stairwells, 18 fireplaces and 21 chimneys.
• Six floors of history await your group at the Mercer Museum, featuring 50,000 artifacts representing 60 early American trades. Each level of the museum represents a different classification and the central atrium holds unique, large objects including a whale boat, stage coach and Conestoga wagon. TIP: take advantage of a special group tour package combining a full tour of Fonthill Castle, self-guided tour of the Mercer Museum and lunch in the Museum’s elegant Elkins Gallery starting at $30 per person.
• Your group will love Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, a National Historical Landmark, for a tour through the “working history” museum that produces handmade tiles and mosaics in the same style of Henry Mercer’s original designs. You can even watch artisans throughout the entire tile-making process! Tours are offered every half hour and include a video and self-guided walk through the facility.
• After journeying through the enchanting Mercer Mile, let the group loose to stroll down State Street to enjoy Doylestown’s first-class dining options, charming shops and friendly atmosphere. Take advantage of the nearby James A. Michener Art Museum, filled with American art focused on the Bucks County region or stop by the 75-year-old historic County Theater to take in a film.