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Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

A “working history” museum that preserves fading methods of production.

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A “working history” museum in Bucks County, the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works is a local gem and a National Historic Landmark.

Founded and built by Henry Chapman Mercer in the early twentieth century, the facility still produces handmade tiles using techniques that Mercer developed, and reproductions are crafted using his original molds and locally sourced clay.

Mercer oversaw pottery production here until his death in 1930.

In 2014, then-Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter traveled to The Vatican to visit Pope Francis and presented the pontiff with a gift: a set of handcrafted Mercer tiles made here.

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