A Font of Memories
I had the pleasure of officiating at a totally cool wedding at the Font Hill Museum, in Doylestown, PA this weekend. The bride and groom are both artists, (pictures of THEM to follow), and this was the perfect setting for them; quirky, gracious and completely beautiful. Their wedding ceremony took place beneath a grand old tree, decorated with a wreath of roses, and after a cocktail hour celebration in one of the historic buildings on the grounds, the guests danced the night away under a tent It was truly spectacular, and the beautiful wooded grounds and castles provided a memorable backdrop.
This information comes from the museum’s website.
Built between 1908-1912, Fonthill was the home of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramist, scholar and antiquarian, Mercer built Fonthill both as his home and as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. The first of three Mercer buildings in Doylestown, Fonthill served as a showplace for Mercer’s famed Moravian tiles that were produced during the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Designed by Mercer, the building is an eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles, and is significant as an early example of poured reinforced concrete.
Upon his death in 1930, Mercer left his concrete “Castle for the New World” in trust as a museum of decorative tiles and prints. From 1976 to the present, Fonthill has evolved into a unique professional museum that provides a full range of museum programs related to Mercer and his collections while maintaining a strong commitment to the preservation and conservation of the building and its collections. Today, Fonthill attracts over 30,000 visitors annually from nearly every state and more than 35 foreign countries. It has been featured in numerous print and electronic media including the Arts & Entertainment Network’s popular “America’s Castles” series.