Mansion Rentals

The East Alcove
The East Alcove

The first floor of the Mansion may be rented for dinner parties, weddings, family celebrations, business functions and other events. We can accomodate approximately 150 people for a reception or stand-up gathering, 90 for a served sit-down affair with seating in two separate rooms, and 60 for a buffet sit-down affair or if all guests will be seated in the same room. We can put you in touch with several area caterers if you need help finding one.

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Fee Schedule

Event TimeRate per hour
or part of hour
Monday through Friday and ending prior to 4:00pm$751
Evening or weekend$1501
Refundable Overtime/Damage Deposit (Flat Fee)
All Events$1502
Tables - Up to eight 4' round (seating 48-56)
and five rectangular serving
$5.00 each3
Chairs - Up to 70 banquet-style$1.00 each3
Brief Mansion History Presentation$25

1 Depending on the schedule of other activities in the mansion, delivery and pick-up of function supplies and event set up times may be accommodated 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, at the reduced midweek daytime rental charge of $75 per hour. Set up at any other time will be billed at the evening/weekend rate of $150 per hour.

2 The overtime/damage deposit is refundable, less any property damage incurred as a result of the event or any occupancy by guests or catering staff beyond the contracted rental time.

3 Price includes set up according to your specifications. You may also choose to have your caterer provide tables and chairs. Table covers and all other equipment needed for your event must be provided and set up by your caterer or a party rental firm.

Billable Time

Experience has shown that caterers require significant set up time to assure your event is a memorable success and that guests seldom leave by the time an event is scheduled to end. For initial planning purposes and for calculating the rental deposit, please add two hours prior to the start of your event for caterer set up time and one-half hour after the end of your event for caterer tear down time and late departures. Adjustments to your total rental hours can be made following discussion with your caterer. Mansion rental time includes any use of the mansion prior to or following your event, including when any person (photographer, family member, wedding party member, guest, caterer, florist, etc.) involved with the event requires access. Please have your caterer contact us prior to your final payment to confirm hours of access required. It is the renter's responsibility to assure that all guests depart the event in a timely manner in order to avoid additional occupancy charges. Unless by prior arrangement, events must end, and catering personnel and guests be off the premises by 11:30 PM.

Deposit and Payment Schedule

An overtime/damage deposit of $150 is due when the contract is returned and the event is added to the Society's calendar. Payment in full is due four weeks prior to the event. The deposit may be provided in a separate check to be returned if no damage or overtime occupancy occurs. The deposit will be refunded in full following the event less any damages incurred or mansion use over the contracted hours.

Cancellation and Refunds

For events cancelled in writing more than four weeks prior to the scheduled date, the full deposit less a $50 reservation processing fee will be refunded. For events cancelled less than four weeks prior to the scheduled date, the initial deposit will be retained in full by the Historical Society. The Society will, however, make every effort to accommodate your needs if unexpected circumstances require you to reschedule your event.

Room Dimensions and Photos
Parlor/Drawing Room35' x 22'Seats 50 at dining tables
Dining Room35' x 16'Seats 30 at dining tables
Solarium9' x 22'Suitable for a bar4
Kitchen16' x 16'

4 Bar service must be provided by a pre-approved, properly licensed and insured caterer or server. Licensed bartenders at a reasonable hourly fee are available from our list of caterers. All beverages must be served in bottles, cans, or glasses (no kegs or pouring of shots). Cash bars and self-service of alcohol are not allowed. At the end of the rental period, the licensed bartender is required to close the bar and remove all alcohol to the care of the Society's representative. Unused alcohol can be picked up from our office the first business day after the event.

Decorations and Music

Decorations, banners, and other visuals are permitted, provided they do not damage Mansion furnishings. Only electric or votive candles may be used. Confetti and dried flowers are not permitted, and nothing may be placed on the piano. Please check with us regarding other decorations. Recorded music may not be played at a high volume, and live music may not include percussion instruments.


Food preparation and service must be handled by a caterer registered to cater events at the Mansion. Caterers and other contractors must be chosen from a list of pre-registered caterers and contractors or be registered with the Historical Society prior to the event. In order to be registered, caterers will need to meet requirements and have a signed caterer's contract on file in the Society's office prior to the event. If you would like to use a caterer that is not already registered, please have the caterer contact us as soon as you return your signed rental agreement and deposit. Regardless of the caterer you choose, we must have the name of your caterer at least one month before the date of your event.

Delivery and pick-up of event supplies and event set up times must be arranged by your caterer with the Society office.

Registered Caterers and Contractors
Accomac Catering, Inc.(717) 752-2288
Armbrust, Patty & Company(717) 691-1950
Commonwealth Caterers, Inc.(717) 939-4003
Coup, Bill (bartending only)(717) 938-2959
Drexel Group, Inc. (service only)(717) 730-9841
Expressly Yours Catering(717) 652-8524
Flinchy's(717) 761-9000
JDK Catering(717) 730-4661
Premier Caterers(717) 761-2700
Sir D's Catering(717) 441-1494
Stocks on Second(717) 233-6699
Two Gals Catering(717) 939-2858
Wendel's Catering(717) 695-6614

Firms are listed in alphabetical order. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement of any firm or product.

Revised 5/29/2013. Individual rental contract terms supercede any information on this page, which is subject to change. We welcome your calls and emails for additional information.