Where I live — Bucks County, Pennsylvania — is often accurately described as a charming area nestled along the mighty Delaware River in between the bustling metropolises of New York City and Philadelphia. It’s been home to people like James Michener, Pearl Buck, Oscar Hammerstein, Stan and Jan Berenstain (yes, those bears), Justin Guarini, P!NK and my favorite hometown celeb, Timothy Stack (aka Notch Johnson). It’s also home to a place called Aldie Mansion. Aldie was built in 1927 by William and Martha Mercer. William was the younger brother of Henry Mercer, Bucks County’s renowned tile maker, concrete sculptor and amasser of one of the world’s largest collections of tools and machinery from the Industrial Revolution.
The mansion also serves as headquarters for The Heritage Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the natural and historical heritage of Bucks County. Their mission is one I care about, which is why the organization has a permanent spot in my limited annual philanthropic photography commitment.
Last night, some of the county’s most influential residents gathered for a formal black tie gala at Aldie Mansion to celebrate the holidays and the 60th anniversary of The Heritage Conservancy. This is a small selection of the images I captured. You can view more of the images here.