Gaming dollars help restore historic Harrisburg mansion

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Nov 30, 2013 4:47 AM

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A view of the John Harris-Cameron Mansion from Front Street

(Harrisburg) -- The historic Harris-Cameron Mansion in Harrisburg has undergone it's most extensive renovation in 20 years.

Dauphin County's share of slot machine revenues helped pay for the newly-restored front porch on the home in the form of a $100,000 grant.

The restoration work began in August and utilized as much of the existing wood as possible.

Historical Society of Dauphin County President John Robinson says the mansion is the premier artifact in their collection.

"This is the second oldest house in all of Harrisburg," he says, "and it retains the aspects of two types of buildings. One being the Colonial Period, or Georgian, and the other being the Victorian Period."

Harrisburg founder John Harris Junior built the home in the 1760's. Politician and businessman Simon Cameron bought the home a century later.

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