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Enhancing the Health and Welfare

of Central Bucks County and Surrounding Communities

The historic James-Lorah Memorial Home is the VIA's headquarters.

The historic James-Lorah Memorial Home offers tours and auditorium rentals.


The James-Lorah Memorial Home, located at 132 North Main Street in Doylestown, is the official headquarters of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown.

The home has a rich history as the birthplace of Henry Chapman Mercer and the home of Miss Sarah M. James, the VIA member who donated the property to the organization upon her death in 1954.

In addition to serving as a meeting place for members of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown, the James-Lorah Memorial Home is also listed on the National Register of Historic Homes and considered a historic place by the Bucks County Conservancy.

The James-Lorah Committee offers themed tours and events throughout the year.

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ABOUT the James-Lorah Memorial Home

The house has been a saddlery, law office, medical practice, and home for 85 years of Miss Sarah James, a founding member of the VIA, who donated the home to the organization upon her death. She is the “James” in the name. “Lorah” was to honor her sister, who married the Reverend Dr. George H. Lorah.

TOUR the James-Lorah Memorial Home

Join us for guided tours of the 17-room Victorian mansion built in 1844. Explore over 135 years of history, through the Civil War, arrival of the telegraph, trains, and gas lighting, the birth of Henry Chapman Mercer, and more as the hamlet of Doylestown grew.

AUDITORIUM Rentals and Information

The 2,275 square-foot air-conditioned auditorium has a raised stage and holds a maximum of 144 people. Rentals include free WiFi, superior AV system, tables+chairs, kitchen, and other amenities.