From its beginnings as Harris' Ferry to its role in the Civil War, Harrisburg has a rich history of famous Pennsylvanians who've shaped our city. Our heritage is preserved by the priceless art, antique furnishings, and Victorian architecture found in and around our town!
Among Harrisburg’s collection of beautiful riverfront homes is the John Harris & Simon Cameron Mansion, former home of two prominent Pennsylvanians. A tour of the mansion, especially when it’s trimmed for Christmas with Victorian-style decorations, offers a glimpse into our region’s heritage. From the desk of notable statesman Simon Cameron to the clock and chairs owned by the founder of Harrisburg, John Harris, Jr., you’ll find history around every corner!
Located on the former site of a war fort and frontier village, this centuries-old 40-acre property includes 10 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an afternoon’s worth of heritage and history. In addition to adorning the mansion for Christmas, Fort Hunter Mansion & Park hosts holiday events throughout the season, like toy train exhibits, a festival of trees, and an open-hearth cooking demonstration. Whether you take a guided tour or stroll the grounds solo, Fort Hunter Mansion & Park is the place to celebrate Christmas traditions from the days of old.
Another of our area’s national historic landmarks is the PA State Capitol building, a priceless treasure proclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. Experience this palace of art with a tour and a visit to the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s Welcome Center, with interactive exhibits for a fun and informative way to learn! We’d say don’t miss the Christmas tree in the Rotunda, but it’s so big you can’t miss it!