The unique Mercer Museum is only one block from Hargrave House. Leave the Inn; turn right on Main St., walk to the traffic light at the corner of Main and Ashland by Jules Pizza, turn left and walk one block. On your right you’ll see an amazing building, six stories high made completely of reinforced concrete. When Henry Mercer built the museum in 1916, he believed that concrete was the building material of the future. Inside you’ll find 40,000 items from the pre-industrial age for farming and any trade or profession you can think of. There a stage coach and a whale boat hanging from the ceiling and a gallows on the top floor. There are plenty of activities to keep children occupied during your tour. Their Web site: http://www.mercermuseum.org/
After visiting the Mercer, consider a long walk (6+ blocks) or short drive to visit Mercer’s home, Fonthill, and the Moravian Tile Works directly behind his house. Mercer continued his romance with concrete and used his home as a showplace for the ceramic tiles that he collected from around the world and the tiles that he designed and made. The Moravian Tile Works continues the Mercer tradition of reproducing Mercer’s designs by hand. There are demonstrations of the process and a wonderful gift shop where you can purchase the tiles.
The Michener Art Museum, which is named for Doylestown’s native son, world-famous author James Michener, is on Pine Street directly behind the Mercer Museum. The museum opened in 1988 and has incorporated the façade of the nineteenth century Bucks County prison. The museum houses the artistic heritage of Bucks County and paintings of the New Hope School. There’s a sculpture garden, first-class traveling exhibits, a small café and a great gift shop with handcrafted glass, jewelry and pottery. The web site is: http://www.michenermuseum.org/
When leaving the Michener look next door at the Bucks County Library. Opened in 1991and designed by the Philadelphia firm of Bohlin, Cynwinski and Jackson, this unique contemporary building blends perfectly with its nineteenth century neighbors. Their website is at: http://www.buckslib.org/
The Doylestown Historical Society is right next door to Hargrave House. It contains exhibitions, artifacts and archives of our town. It’s open on Saturdays from 1-4. During the summer and early fall the DHS hosts a walking tour of Doylestown on Saturdays at 11:00 am. The tour starts in the little pocket park between Hargrave House and the Historical Society.
Other attractions and important buildings located close to Hargrave House include the following:
- Bucks County Library Center
- The Bucks County Cour House – Court House
- The Doylestown Borough Hall – Boro Hall
- The Bucks County Civil War Library Museum
- Bucks County Council Boy Scouts of America
- See our Concierge Page for Movies, Shops, and Restaurants
The Doylestown Transportation Center is 2 blocks downhill and to the right from Hargrave House. There you can ride the SEPTA R5 train from many points between Philadelphia and Doylestown. Access their schedule at: http://www.septa.com/service/sched/pdfs/R5LD.pdf. The RushBus also stops here. Access its local schedule at: http://www.rushbus.org/doylestown.htm. Finally, the Transbridge Bus runs several times a day from this location between NYC, New Hope, and the Doylestown train station. Access schedule at: http://www.transbridgelines.com/sched_frenchny.htm. See our Directions page for a map, directions to our parking lot, and the location of other attractions in Doylestown. Bucks Cab Co. now provides taxi service in our area as well as to and from the airport. Phone 215-364-6666. http://www.buckscabco.com
Enterprise Car Rentals are about 8 blocks north on Main Street, but they will pick you up and take you to their office. Call them at (215) 345-4001 or visit their website to reserve a car.