The John Harris-Simon Cameron mansion is one of Harrisburg's most intriguing buildings.
The John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion was built in 1766 by John Harris Junior. Harris was the son of the first European immigrant to the area and the family made their fortune in trade and industry. Harris was determined that his family have a substantial home that reflected their prestige and chose the location for both its prominence and its practical position above the flood line of the adjacent river.
It might be a bit of a stretch to call Cameron a scoundrel but not by much. He was a man who clearly enjoyed the perks of his political appointments, including international postings, and spent much of his time in Russia, England, Italy, Germany, and France on a shopping spree.
Cameron hoped that his opulent home would impress his political colleagues and his spending and renovations knew nearly no bounds. I was a big fan of the grandiose bathroom and the library, which book lovers will fall in love with. Be sure to check out the tucked away liquor cabinet, which may have contained forbidden drinks! I'm not sure if Cameron's associates felt suitably awed and intimidated but I was surely impressed!
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