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Pennsylvania's Mercer Museum Offers a Quirky Look at Early American Life

Where: 84 S. Pine St. [map], Doylestown, PA, United States, 18901
January 12, 2011 at 11:13 AM | by | ()

On the outside, the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, looks like a gothic castle. But in the inside, the eclectic six-floor museum looks like hoarder heaven. We don't mean like those scary homes on A&E's Hoarders that you can't walk through and have dead animals under the clutter.

The museum's founder, Henry C. Mercer, collected pre-1850s junk, everything from a stagecoach to ornate tortoiseshell hair combs. As Mercer saw tools and handmade objects get replaced with machine-made goods, he had the foresight to know that those obsolete items would be of interest to archaeologists and historians.

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