December 21 2013

Press Release: Mercer Museum Bus Trip

Henry Mercer, founder of the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa

Tickets are still available for the Wayne County Historical Society's June 23 bus trip to the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA, at the historical society, 810 Main St., Honesdale or with credit card by mail (WCHS, PO Box 446, Honesdale, PA 18431), email ( or phone (570) 253-3240). Be sure to provide your name, address, phone and email; you will receive a confirmation. The visit will begin with a guided tour of Henry Mercer's home, Fontill, followed by lunch, orientation and a self-guided tour of the museum.

For those not familiar with the very popular Mercer Museum, following is a brief

By 1897 hand-made objects were disappearing in favor of machine-made goods, and historian/archaeologist Henry Mercer (1856-1930) recognized the need to preserve samples of the material of daily life in America before the Industrial Revolution. Mercer assembled almost 30 thousand items and designed a museum to display the artifacts. In 1916, he erected a 6-story concrete castle, and on each level exhibits were displayed according to Mercer's classifications -- healing arts, tinsmithing, dairying, illumination and so on. The collection has grown to more than 65 thousand objects. The bus will leave the Route 6 Plaza at 30 am and return at approximately 30 pm. The price ($65 for WCHS members, $70 for non-members) includes bus, admission and lunch. Lunch choices Sandwich (ham, tuna, roast beef, turkey or veggie wrap), choice of side salad (macaroni or potato) or chips; cookie and beverage (bottled water or soda).

Deadline for reservations is June 12, and refunds cannot be made for cancellations after that date. For more information, contact Gloria McCullough at (570) 253-3240 or