Fonthill Castle & Mercer Museum

525 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 Map · Phone number
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About Fonthill Castle & Mercer Museum

Fonthill Castle

An Architectural Dream Wedding. With seating for up to 300 guests, this castle/museum and outdoor garden oasis will surpass your royal dreams! Outdoor ceremony area, gorgeous clear-top tent, indoor cocktail area, and more! 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. Designed by Mercer, the building is an eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles. Your guest will be amazed when they enter- the tree-lined grounds and visit thisamazing castle.

Mercer Museum

Dine under the stars in our clear-top, air-conditioned tent enhanced with dramatic state-of-the-art lighting rotating in a prism of colors on the historic castle. Our event space accommodates up to 180 guests for dinner and dancing and sits in a brand new courtyard nestled within this National Historic Landmark museum.

Host your ceremony in our beautifully landscaped sunken gardens. Or, exchange vows instead in the Museum’s Great Hall, which features a breathtaking view of the towering seven–level castle that is this gorgeous museum.

The castle-museum, creation of Henry Mercer (1856-1930) was built to collect and preserve the outmoded material of daily life in America before it was swept away by the Industrial Revolution.

The towering central atrium of the Museum was used to hang the largest objects such as a whale-boat, stage coach and Conestoga wagon. On each level surrounding the court, smaller exhibits were installed in a warren of alcoves, niches and rooms according to Mercer’s classifications — healing arts, tinsmithing, dairying, lighting and so on. The end result of the building is a unique interior that is both logical and provocative.

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35 Reviews for Fonthill Castle & Mercer Museum

Recommended by 94% of couples


4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.7
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.7
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    Kathy · Married on 06/09/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    I can't say enough about Maria and Seedling & Sage! When we originally booked Fonthill for my daughter's wedding reception, they had a different caterer; we were thrilled that Seedling & Sage became Fonthill's new caterer. As soon as they took over, they communicated quickly and answered any question that popped up. But the best part was working with Maria, who was absolutely wonderful!! She emailed my daughter and me regularly just to check in, she was patient and helpful when we asked her questions or for advice, and she really listened to us. She made some great suggestions and went with us to meet Darlene at BucksMont Party Rental to pick out the tablescape items. The guests all raved about the wonderful cocktail hour in the Carriage House with the delicious food, about how beautiful the tent was, and how the dinner was 5-star restaurant quality rather than banquet-like food. We loved that the food was farm-to-table and that during our tasting at Seedling & Sage several months before, Maria and their amazing chef listened so carefully to and followed through with our little tweaks. Throughout the reception, Maria was there, serving meals, checking on the people sitting at the bride & groom's table to see if we needed anything to drink, taking many, many pictures (which she sent to us), and then making sure she and her crew got together everything from the reception that we had brought and needed to take home. Bottom line - there is no way that we and our guests could have had such a fun time without Maria & Seedling & Sage. She allowed us to be guests at our own party, and we are forever grateful to her.

    Sent on 07/12/2018
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    Leah · Married on 07/01/2017

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    I don't even really know where to begin with this one.

    The moment we first met Jack at the castle we knew that we were in good hands. After months of planning with him and Cathy, our day finally came last week. I can not even begin to find the words to express my gratitude for the fun, friendly, professional staff that we had, and for the outcome of everything. All of our guests RAVED about our food.
    Cathy really did an outstanding job making all of my ideas come to fruition and made our day absolutely perfect. From planning through execution, I am so blown away. I have not one single bad thing to say about Memorable Affairs and their staff. I would 100% recommend them for any occasion. Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart for making our day so great!

    Special shout out to our bartender, Jon. Everyone has said nothing but amazing things about you and your service. Also - thank you for climbing back into the van to get me one last drink! You're the best! :)

    Fonthill Castle 7/1/17

    Sent on 08/12/2017

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Fonthill Castle & Mercer Museum FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 2000.00
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    1
  • Describe your venue:
    Historic Building
    Mansion
    Museum
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer?
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Liability Insurance
    Set Up
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Tables
    Tents
    Tent Accessories
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
    May
    June
    September
    October

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement

  • Lynda Berry Photography
    Lynda Berry Photography Wedding Photographers

    Fonthill Castle is such a gorgeous venue. The staff is very personable and helpful. It has been an absolute pleasure to work side by side with Jack Skurdis for several different weddings. Fonthill is by far one of my favorite venues and a preferred vendor of mine!

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  • 525 East Court Street Doylestown, PA, 18901 See on map
    215-712-8011 (Phone number)
    Showings by appointment ONLY, but feel free to drive by if you are in the neighborhood!