One-of-a-kind gift shop in Bucks County: Bear Necessities boasts the wares of 18 unique crafters and artisians. From painted glassware, embroidered clothing and jewelry. To quilts, blankets and dollhouse furniture. All handmade, "no re-sale items."
Henry Mercer (1856-1930) built Fonthill as his home between 1908 and 1912. The concrete castle boasts 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces and more than 200 windows of varying size and shape. The interior walls, floors and ceilings are elaborately adorned with an incredible array of Mercer's original handcrafted tiles. Recently featured on A&E's "America's Castles."
Towering castle houses dramatic displays of the implements, folk art and furnishings of early America before mechanization. Walk into the Central Court and see a Conestoga wagon, whaling boat, carriages and an antique fire engine suspended overhead. There are 40,000 tools of more than 60 early American crafts and trades displayed. Constructed in 1916, it is a National Historic Landmark.
Exquisitely renovated historic prison site houses a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings including the spectacular 22-foot mural, A Wooded Watershed, by Daniel Garber. Also on view is the museum's collection of important regional contemporary and figurative art and changing exhibitions. Other highlights include the Commonwealth Gallery of 20th century/contemporary works, the Nakashima Reading Room, The Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden, and a permanent exhibit on author James A. Michener.
The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, is maintained as a "working history" museum by Pennsylvania's County of Bucks, Department of Parks and Recreation. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery's founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Mercer was a major proponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America. He directed the work at the pottery from 1898 until his death in 1930.
Originally built in 1835, the farmhouse was home to Pearl S. Buck and her international family for 38 years. Today, visitors to the National Historic Landmark experience a unique blend of Chinese and 19th Century Pennsylvanian traditions of art and architecture. The tour includes a display of many of Ms. Buck’s literary and humanitarian awards, including the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes for literature. Visitors to the house can also browse our International Gift Shop, managed and operated by the Pearl Buck Volunteer Association. Spend an hour or two exploring our grounds, or take a few contemplative moments with Pearl Buck at her final resting place. The 60+ acre estate is the site of several special events throughout the year.
Located in the center of scenic Bucks County, grows peaches, apples, blueberries, raspberries and other fruits. The farm is well known for its high quality fruits which are available from summer through winter at the Solebury Orchards Market. Increasingly popular at the orchard is pick your own, where customers can enjoy themselves surrounded by beautiful fields of berries and orchards.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa occupies approximately 170 acres of land. Located on Beacon Hill, and overlooking Peace Valley Park, the Shrine is the perfect place to come and spend time in prayer and reflection. Celebrations at the shrine include the annual Polish American Festival.