In celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, the Historical Society of Dauphin County has unveiled new permanent and temporary exhibits that may be viewed through December 30, 2016. The anniversary exhibits are made possible through a generous grant from PinnacleHealth.
The exhibits begin with new outdoor panels about the Native Americans who lived in the area, the arrival of John Harris Sr., and the local legend of the Indians attempt to burn Harris, tied to a mulberry tree. The exhibits continue on the first floor of the mansion with new interpretive panels tracing the history of the National Historic Landmark mansion and its famous occupants, from the building of the mansion by John Harris, Jr. in 1766 through ownership by the Cameron family, most notably Simon Cameron, U.S. Senator and Lincoln's first Secretary of War. Cameron's heirs presented the house to the Historical Society of Dauphin County in 1941. The upstairs exhibit galleries feature a timeline reflecting several eras of local and national history, accompanied by artifacts and documents from both private and Historical Society collections.
The exhibits are included with regular tour admission. Tours are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students. Group rates are available. Tours are available Tuesday through Friday at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.; Saturday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.; and the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Free parking is available behind the mansion.
For more information, visit www.dauphincountyhistory.org or phone (717) 233-3462.
Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
May 19, 2016
Dec 30, 2016
The exhibits are included with regular tour admission. Tours are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students. Group rates are available.
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