The Mercer

About a month ago, my big sister and I drove 2 hours to Doylestown, Pa. to go to the Mercer Museum for the first time. We got stupidly lost after stopping at Terrain and pulled up 10 minutes after it closed. There may or may not have been tears, foot stamping and devastation all around.

The Mercer
On my day off last week (shock! joy! I had a day off!) I made it back to the Mercer and finally got to poke around. It's a history museum devoted tools and products used in early American crafts, trades and occupations. Basketry, meat preservation, coopering, cheese making, leather working, spinning, lumbering, medicine, solar salt harvesting, glass blowing and 45 other unbelievable exhibits- each in its own small alcove.

The Mercer

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The Mercer
I was really overwhelmed. I've never been to a place like it and was basically floating on air for 2 hours. The museum isn't heated and we could see our breath while inside, otherwise I could have stayed weeks. Months. Years. All of eternity. Bury me inside the hearse and coffin exhibit on the 3rd floor, please.

34 comments:

  1. Oh.My. I need need need need need to go there. Instantly. Immediately. *poof!*
    I wish! Lucky girl, you!

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  2. Emerson,
    This museum looks fasinating. And we complain about not having enough time to do our chores!:)
    Thanks for sharing your visit.

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  3. Oh my... THAT is a place I have to visit very, very soon. Thanks for the heads up and the amazing photos!

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  4. Oh

    my

    goodness

    gracious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am speechless. The more I read your blog to more I am a little bummed out to be a West Coastie. I have NEVER been back east and it's really starting to bother me.

    Thank you for showing the magic of The East! ;-)

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  5. This museum looks supercoool! Perfect for a cold day seems to make it even more realistic...you know?

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  6. I want to go! I didn't even know it existed and it looks to be fabulous. Now, it's on the "when I get to..." list. Great pics. West Coast bummin' all around.

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  7. I have to say - I seldom read your blog without coming away feeling good. (and I read your every post - even though I don't comment)

    You are so incredibly talented. You just sprinkle magic over everything. I wish I could be more that way.

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  8. I LOVE that place!! I wonder if you also saw Fonthill- the house Henry Mercer designed. it is mind blowing, and right near there.

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  9. I have been wanting to go to the Mercer Museum forever!! It looks amazing..now I am really inspired to go. I love the way the streets converge in Doylestown - it has a lovely layout. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Rony- I'm dying to get to Font Hill! Trying to space out my visits so I can have multiple excuses to go to my favorite antique store near by. Give em a chance to restock.

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  11. We've never been to PA before. Maybe someday. Thank you so much for the tour. It was wonderful. And if that someday I talked about ever comes, the museum will be high on my list of priorities to visit.

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  12. What an amazing museum. So good to see working implements being treasured.
    Louise

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  13. Amy! How did I miss this post?? I'm so glad I decided to go poking around and found it. Jeez. I have to get to this museum. I can completely understand the foot-stomping and tears the first time you made it too late. Did you see those wallpaper boxes? I just want to look at and touch all of this stuff. Amazing.

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  14. must go there! thank you for the glimpse of this amazing place

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  15. Thanks for sharing your trip, what an awesome museum. I know life was so much harder back then, but I would love to have lived in that time, to have been schooled in the crafts that they used for survival.

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  16. This has officially made it on my must see list. Craft History/Anthropology is like my dorky little thing and I didn't know this even existed!
    Do you think my friend who lives in PA will be upset if the only reason I'd fly from California to the east coast is to go see a craft history museum?

    ..
    ..
    ..

    okay. maybe we won't tell her.

    Love it,
    roe.
    yeshoneychyle.com

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  17. Holy crap. How did you make yourself leave? I'd go all Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler on this place!

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  18. oh my goodness I need to go there asap!! I love this kind of stuff...

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  19. Wow, that place looks AMAZING. I hope I get to go there someday.

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  20. This is a Steampunker's dream, to be sure. Top hats, apothecary bottles, THE WORKS!

    I've got to go there.

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  21. Dear Amy,
    1) Thank you for cementing my resolve to go to PA soon.
    2) I had a fantastic time at Saipua on Sunday. You were so sweet and encouraging while taking pictures for everybody :-) I think I need to come back and fetch that View of New York. It belongs over my desk.
    3) One winter when I was about 7 or 8, I had my dad fetch my tin plate and cup out of the camping gear so that I could be like Laura. I was less successful at convincing my mom that it was a good idea to survive all winter on potatoes alone. She did let me call her Ma, though.
    4) I think we should be friends forever so that I can persuade you do do a "living in" Lawrence of Arabia.
    5) I think we should be friends forever so that I can hitch a ride to Brimfield.

    Yours Truly,
    Anna-Sophia

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  22. I want to live there!
    Do you think they need a caretaker?

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  23. oh wow! so so inspiring. I must must visit!!

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  24. What an interesting place!!! great images!

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  25. fabulous!
    I'd be there now if it didn't involve a 20+ hour plane trip etc!

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  26. I live in Doylestown and I grew up going to the museum every year for field trips. Check out the library next time. It is hidden away somewhere, but it is magnificent. And if you make it up the the highest floor, it is beautiful.

    The man who built is was afraid of fire and made the castle out of concrete. He also created the Fonthill Museum which is also in Doylestown. Fonthill is actually his mansion and where he lived. There is also the tile works. He created a different type of tile, called Mercer Tiles, and they are amazing, but expensive. They can be seen in the capitol building in Harrisburg as well as all over.

    I hope you visit again!

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  27. i made the trip to fonthill castle last weekend. i couldn't talk my husband into doing the mercer AND fonthill. but our next trip will definitely be to the mercer. looks like you had a great time.
    here are some pics of fonthill:
    http://brand-eye.blogspot.com/2010/03/twas-perfect-day-for-castle-visit.html

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  28. this makes me think of sturbridge village in MA. next time i'm on the east coast can you, your big sister and potentially lucky me go?? please, please?
    you've been, right?
    i think it's similar to the one in williamsburg, VA.
    last time i was there i was about 17 and my 14 yr old brother and i got caught by an old-timey sheriff, trying to sneak in. the ultimate rebel-dorks.

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  29. Crazy but we've never been to sturbridge! I'd freak out to go with you and micha!

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  30. That place looks awesome!
    My wife showed me your blog and I've been browsing through it... It's really amazing (and inspiring)!

    Btw, we posted about a store in brooklyn that you may enjoy checking out. I've linked it below.

    http://www.hitherandthither.net/2010/03/holler-squall.html

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