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John Harris & Simon Cameron Mansion

  • 219 S. Front St. Harrisburg, PA 17104
  • (717) 233-3462

The Historical Society of Dauphin County, located on Front Street in Harrisburg, operates the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion and the Alexander Research Library and Archives. The mansion was built c. 1766 by John Harris, Jr., one of the founders of Harrisburg. In 1863, it was purchased by Simon Cameron, Lincoln's first Secretary of War. Cameron transformed the Georgian house into a stylish Victorian mansion and lived there until his death in 1889. The house became the headquarters of the historical society in 1941. The Historical Society of Dauphin County was founded in 1869 to collect, preserve, exhibit, publish, and promote interest in the history of Dauphin County for the education, enjoyment and benefit of the public. Please call or visit the website for information on hours of operation, admission, guided tours and mansion rental.

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  • Free On-site Parking:
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John Harris & Simon Cameron Mansion Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 2
  • Largest Room: 22
  • Theatre Capacity: 65
  • Banquet Capacity: 90
  • Classroom Capacity: 65
  • Exhibit Space
  • Reception Capacity: 90
  • Ceiling: 14
  • Space Notes: Layout must be approved by staff. Some historic furniture in meeting rooms cannot be moved.
  • Description: The first floor of the historic Harris-Cameron Mansion may be rented for dinner parties, weddings, family reunions, business meetings and other events. We can accommodate approximately 100 people for a stand-up gathering, 90 for a served sit-down affair using two separate rooms, and 60 if all guests will be seated in the same room. We can put you in touch with several area caterers if you need help finding one. Visit our photo site at amansionaffair.shutterfly.com to see a comprehensive collection of photos of the house and grounds to help you envision your affair at the Harris-Cameron Mansion.
Meeting Facility Rooms
  • Dimensions: 22 X 35
  • Ceiling: 14
  • Theater Capacity: 65
  • Classroom Capacity: 50
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 60
  • Amphitheater:
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  • Dimensions: 16 X 35
  • Banquet Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 30
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