Sunday, April 10, 2016


WELCOME TO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
OF DAUPHIN COUNTY
219 South Front Street 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17104
Phone (717) 233-3462
www.dauphincountyhistory.org
office@dauphincountyhistory.org

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Office Hours: 
Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mansion Tours: 
Tuesday through Friday at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Second and Fourth Sunday of each month at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. 

(At the present time, tours are not available on Saturdays due to staffing changes. See below for December schedule.)

Research Library: 
Tuesday through Friday, and Second and Fourth Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 2016 TOUR SCHEDULE:
Mansion tours are given Tuesday through Friday at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. until Friday, December 23. 

After that date, the mansion will be closed for daily tours until Wednesday, March 1, when tours will begin again. 

Bus tours, group tours, and rental events may be considered during our annual winter closing. (Please call our office at 717-233-3462 to inquire.) 

The office and research library are open through Friday, December 23. Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and library hours are the same days, 1:00-4:00 p.m. The office and library will be closed from December 24 until Tuesday, January 10, when they will re-open with normal hours.

ALL HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. PLEASE CALL (717)   233-3462 BEFORE MAKING YOUR VISIT.

John Harris, Jr., son of the the region's pioneer trader and later ferry operator (of the same name), built the house c. 1766. He and his sons lived there into the 19th century, and then it passed through a series of owners, mostly prominent Harrisburg citizens. In 1863 the wealthy and influential Gen. Simon Cameron, entrepreneur, banker, and politician who was a U.S. Senator, Lincoln's first Secretary of War, and later Minister to Russia, bought Harris' Georgian-style house and converted it into a Victorian showplace. This is the home we see today. Since 1941 it has been the home of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. More information is available here.



ANNIVERSARY YEAR CELEBRATION HAS ENDED

In 2016 we had a rich variety of experiences for you, centering around the 1766/1863 John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion and celebrating its importance in the development of the city and region. Thanks to our major sponsors for their contributions to the success of our celebration and to all who contributed in some way to the Historical Society's efforts.