Harrisburg’s enduring legacy: the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion

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Harrisburg’s title of “oldest building” goes to the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, standing as a testament to the city’s old and rich history. Built around 1766 by John Harris Jr., son of the city’s founder, this Georgian architecture gem served as a residence for prominent families. Later, it housed the Pennsylvania Female College before becoming the home of Simon Cameron, a powerful politician during the Civil War era. Today, it sits meticulously restored, the mansion offers a glimpse into 18th-century life. Period furnishings and knowledgeable docents bring the past to life, making it a captivating window into Harrisburg’s enduring legacy.

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