New Hope Railroad
Plus Mercer Museum & King of Prussia Shopping
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An eclectic outing, you will enjoy a scenic train ride, a museum filled with nostalgia from generations past, the castle home of an American Archeologist and tile-maker as well as time to explore the shops and restaurants at the King of Prussia Mall.
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Day 1 – New Hope Railroad – Mercer Museum – Fonthill Castle – King of Prussia Shopping
Today, take a traditional American railroad experience on the New Hope Railroad. Enjoy an hour-long, round-trip train ride through scenic Bucks County on the “New Hope Branch” route, which was originally part of the North-East Pennsylvania Railroad, later the Reading Railroad. Ride aboard beautifully restored vintage (early 1900’s) passenger coaches while a narrator will provide you with interesting historical facts and stories of significant cultural locations along the route. The train will travel to Lahaska, Pennsylvania where it will then change direction and return to New Hope.
After a break for lunch, visits to Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle. 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. Step back in time in the Mercer Museum, a castle housing more than 40,000 early American artifacts including, a Conestoga wagon, horse-drawn carriages and an antique fire engine suspended overhead in the Central Court area.
Fonthill Castle was the home of archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramist, scholar and antiquarian Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Mercer built Fonthill Castle as his home and as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. The castle serves as an early example of reinforced concrete and features forty-four rooms, over two hundred windows, and eighteen fireplaces. Fonthill Castle’s interior features Mercer’s renowned, hand crafted ceramic tiles designed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Next, do a little shopping at the King of Prussia Mall and enjoy dinner on own. With well over 450 retailers & restaurants, King of Prussia Mall is a shoppers dream. Find all of your favorites, many exclusive to the region, at the East Coast’s largest shopping mall!
Featuring department stores Nordstrom, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, and a diverse merchant mix of over 450 stores, including a collection of luxury retailers unsurpassed in the region, King of Prussia Mall is the east coast’s premier shopping destination, and one of the most iconic retail centers in the nation. There are also over 40 fabulous dining options including the Cheesecake Factory, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Shake Shack and Maggiano’s Little Italy among others. Return to Trenton this evening.