John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion

The Historical Society of Dauphin County administers the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion. The mansion was built c. 1766 by John Harris, Jr., pioneer trader and ferry operator and one of the founders of Harrisburg. In 1863, it was purchased by Simon Cameron, Pennsylvania politician, U.S. Senator, and Lincoln's first Secretary of War. Cameron transformed the Georgian house into a stylish Victorian mansion and lived there until his death in 1899. The mansion is furnished with period pieces, some belonging to both Harris and Cameron. Among the rooms you will see are the grand Victorian parlor, Cameron's office, both Colonial- and Victorian-style bedrooms, and a spectacular Art Deco bathroom installed by the last owner in 1929. Surrounding the mansion are gardens containing trees and plants found in the mid-19th century. The front porch offers a view of the Harris family grave site and the wide expanse of the Susquehanna River.
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  • Downtown Harrisburg
  • Harrisburg
  • Admission Charge
  • Free On-site Parking
  • Meeting Faciltites/Banquet room
  • Open All Year
  • Tours
  • Free On-site Parking
  • Meeting Faciltites/Banquet room
  • Free on-site Parking
  • Meeting Faciltites/Banquet room
Meeting Space
At a Glance
  • Exhibits Space
  • 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 to see a comprehensive collection of photos of the house and grounds to help you envision your affair at the Harris-Cameron Mansion.
  • Floorplan File Floorplan File
  • Largest Room 22
  • Reception Capacity 90
  • Space Notes Layout must be approved by staff. Some historic furniture in meeting rooms cannot be moved.
  • Theatre Capacity 65
  • Banquet Capacity 90
  • Number of Rooms 2
  • Classroom Capacity 65
Halls and Breakout Space
  • Width: 22
  • Length: 35
  • Height: 14
  • Theater Capacity: 65
  • Classroom Capacity: 50
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 60
Dining Room
  • Width: 16
  • Length: 35
  • Banquet Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 30