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Mansion Tours

The John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion is open for individual and group tours at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday each week. Group tours may also be scheduled at other times. Please call our office to discuss.

An experienced and knowledgeable docent will introduce you to the times and events of the principal residents of the house, including John Harris, Jr., early settler and the city’s founder; Thomas Elder, prominent lawyer and state official; The Rev. and Mrs. Beverly Waugh, who operated the Pennsylvania Female Academy there; Simon Cameron, Pennsylvania entrepreneur and politician and Lincoln’s first Secretary of War; his daughter Margaretta and her husband, Congressman Richard J. Haldeman; and her son Richard C. Haldeman, the last of the family to occupy the mansion.

You will see the elegant Victorian Parlor and its legendary mirrors; Gen. Simon Cameron’s office, furnished with his own desk and cabinets; Richard C. Haldeman’s library, designed by a foremost architect of the early 20th century; the Solarium, a light-filled room with its 19th century French wallpaper; the dining room with pieces of the Cameron family’s elegant china; the Colonial bedroom with a clock and chairs owned by John Harris, Jr.; a Victorian bedroom with its chests and chairs; and the tour-de-force 1920 Art Deco bathroom, the last addition to the house.

VGroup tourCropisitors should be aware that while one of the entrances is accessible without any steps, there is a three-step flight up to the dining room and a tall spiral staircase to the second story. An accessible rest room is available off the solarium. Please take this into consideration as you plan a visit.

There is free parking in the lot behind the Mansion. From Front Street, enter at Mary Street and then turn right on River Street and right again into the parking lot. From Second Street, turn left on Washington Street and then right through the gate into the parking lot. Please drive carefully on these older, narrow city streets.

Please enter the brick building off the parking lot to meet your docent and purchase your ticket. There is also a small shop there, featuring local history books, post cards, and other items of interest.

We suggest you phone ahead to (717) 233-3462 to make sure the Mansion is open. Occasionally a closure is necessary due to staff sick leave or weather conditions.

For more information, phone (717) 233-3462 or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org.


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Individual & Group Tour Rates

Adults Seniors (65+) Ages 6-12 5 & Under
Individuals $8.00 $7.00 $6.00 FREE
Group Rate
(10 or more)
$5.00 $5.00 $4.00 FREE