April 17, 2024

“Doan Gang” Exhibition Coming to Mercer Museum

“OUTLAWS OF THE REVOLUTION”: beginning May 4, the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa., will present an exhibition about the Doan Gang that roamed Bucks County during the 1770s. It will be on view through December 31, 2026. (Photo Courtesy of Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle)

The Doan Gang roamed Bucks County, Pa., in the 1770s, and were known for exploits that included stealing horses and selling them to the British, robbing the Bucks County treasury, and in general, disrupting the new governments of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Later romanticized, they were considered both villains and heroes.

Discover their untold stories at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa., beginning May 4 in a new exhibition, “The Doan Gang: Outlaws of the Revolution.” The museum delves into an immersive history of the Revolutionary War-era loyalists and a world of espionage, legendary robberies, and mythical lost treasure. Visitors will learn how these outlaws plotted, schemed, and plundered through a divided world in the early days of a new nation, and how their loyalty to British rule in the Colonies sometimes forced their neighbors and friends to choose sides during a time of great political and social unrest.

The Mercer Museum is located at 84 South Pine Street in Doylestown, Pa., and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for ages 65 and up, $10 for students, $8 for youths ages 6-17, and free for children under age 5.

The member preview day is Friday, May 3. This special exhibition, which runs through December 31, 2026, is included with museum admission. For more information, visit mercermuseum.org/doanprograms.