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John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion

219 S Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17104-1619
+1 717-233-3462
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Historic home of Lincoln's Secretary of War

If you are a Civil War buff, you should make a pilgrimage to this house, which served as the home... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Authentic place

We went in the afternoon and enjoyed touring the authentic place in Harrisburg. The tomb of Harris... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Kevin C
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The John Harris-Simon Cameron 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 and later Ambassador to Russia, who 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 of Dauphin County in 1941. Features illustrating the lives of the house's residents (1766-1929) are a large Victorian parlor, Colonial and Victorian bedrooms, spectacular Art Deco bathroom; light-filled solarium; dining room, library, office, and exhibit spaces. A large collection of furnishings and objects is on display. Tours are available Tues. through Fri. at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.; second Sundays at 1:00. Free parking. Group rates. Historical gardens. Publications sales. The research library and archives are open Tuesday through Friday and the second and fourth Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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18 Aug 2017
“Historic home of Lincoln's Secretary of War”
8 Jul 2017
“Authentic place”
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219 S Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17104-1619
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

If you are a Civil War buff, you should make a pilgrimage to this house, which served as the home of Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Secretary of War. Good venue for private parties, too, and it sits right on the river so nice view, particularly at...More

Thank RBM1813
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We went in the afternoon and enjoyed touring the authentic place in Harrisburg. The tomb of Harris is located right across the street too.

Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 14 December 2016

This mansion is beautifully preserved. All of the rooms were furnished. The antiques were beautiful. Our guide was very informative and the house tour was very interesting. So much history and an impressive house. The tour takes about an hour. We found a BOGO coupon...More

Thank Ricmar60
Reviewed 12 October 2016

There is some confusion as to which John Harris this home was designed and built by.....there was a "dull" John Harris Family, and there was a "very interesting" John Harris Family...there were 2 John Harris Families at the time, and records are not accurate enough...More

Thank mikeyflowerguy
Scion, Public Relations Manager at John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2016

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. We have to say, however, that there’s no factual basis to support the hypothesis that John Harris, Sr., started construction of the mansion, and John Jr.'s involvement is thoroughly supported by his account books....More

Reviewed 26 July 2016

Interesting structure in the bustling city downtown. The tour really emphasizes architectural aspects specific to the mansion.

Thank leisuretraveler6302
Reviewed 20 April 2016

It is a great old house and a great story. The tour guide was extremely well informed and the people in the Historical Society were very nice. We would go back in a heartbeat

Thank Joanne S
Reviewed 28 December 2015

The John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion is an excellent stop for visitors new to the area, and also long time Harrisburg area locals. The guided tour took about one and a half hours. There is some climbing of steps, so wheel chair people may have a...More

Thank Frank M
Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

Grand old house with an excellent guide that explained everything in a simply and entertaining way. Was impressed with the build of the house and the Victorian antiques in the house. The changes in the families that owned the house reflected the changes to the...More

1  Thank Shawn H
Reviewed 25 July 2015

theantiques the property is well maintained and is the home of the Dauphin County Historical Society. many of the antiques they have are through bequest or donation. They are in excellent condition.The staff who give tours are very knowledgeable about the property, the house and...More

1  Thank cecimino
Reviewed 18 June 2015

This was a great tour; our guide was Rick. He was excellent and very informative. The history of the house involves the Harris family and the founding of Harrisburg. The house is set up as something of a museum with some very interesting pieces of...More

3  Thank Kathryn S
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Lou Ann Y
21 June 2016|
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Response from Scion | Property representative |
This is an update on my previous answer. A ramp is now available for those in a wheelchair or unable to climb the steps into the dining room. A person in a wheelchair would need to enter that space from the rear entrance of... More