Museums & Historical Sites
We have so many interesting museums and historical sites in our own neighborhood! As locals, sometimes we forget about them when we're trying to think of things to do over the weekend. Here's our chance to reexplore our community as we're loving where we live!
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This magnificent Victorian mansion was built in 1927 by William and Martha Chapman. Their architect visited England to study Tudor manor houses. In 1941 at a famous Christmas Party, the Von Trapp family sang in the great hall. After Martha's death in 1960, the mansion was used as a seminary and drug rehabilitation center. After that it was vacant, vandalized, and burned, and slated for demolition.
Thanks to the Heritage Conservancy this magnificent structure was saved and completely rehabilitated. Today it houses the Conservancy's offices and can be rented for special events.
The Mercer Museum is a six-story reinforced concrete castle designed by Henry Mercer (1856-1930) and completed in 1916. Today, it is one of Bucks County's premier cultural attractions and a Smithsonian affiliate. The museum complex features local and national traveling exhibits, as well as a core museum collection of over 50,000 pre-Industrial tools. This permanent collection offers visitors a unique
window into pre-Industrial America through sixty different crafts and trades, and is one of the world's most comprehensive portraits of pre-Industrial American material culture. The museum also features a research library that is a center for local history related to Bucks County and the surrounding region, with its roots dating back to the founding of the Bucks County Historical Society in 1880.
John Fitch Steamboat Museum contains exhibits depicting the adventuresome life of John Fitch and the steamboat that he invented. It includes a six-foot long model of the first commercial steamboat in the world. During the summer of 1790, this steamboat made 3 round trips per week on the Delaware River between Philadelphia & Trenton. Fitch's steamboat traveled at a maximum speed of 8 miles/hour - twice
the speed of Robert Fulton's commercial steamboat that traveled the Hudson River 17 years later.
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum
Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit