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The John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion

219 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104, USA

From 1863 to 1889, this was the home of Simon Cameron, Lincoln's first secretary of war. Cameron was a controversial figure who had proposed arming African-Americans early in the war effort and was forced to resign as a result. He also played a major role in establishing Harrisburg as a central location for the movement of Union troops and material. Among the mansion tour highlights are items from Cameron's service in Lincoln's cabinet and as Ambassador to Russia during the civil war, Cameron family furnishings and artifacts, and General and Mrs. Cameron's 1863 drawing room.


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From I-83 take the Second Street exit. Get in the left lane and turn left on Washington Street; turn right onto River Street at the sign reading MANSION OFFICE; then turn left into the parking lot.

Visitor Services

Museum, gift shop, rest rooms, tours.

Regular Events

Free evening programs on the "Third Tuesday at Seven"

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Admission Fee

Adults $8.00, children $6.00, seniors $7.00; groups (15 or more) discount $5.50 pp. $10.00 fee to use library if not member of the Society.


Tours: Monday - Thursday year-round, and the second Sunday of each month April - October: 1:00 P.M., 2 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. Other days and times may be arranged in advance; call for availability; Historical Research Library hours: 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.



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