Our Events

Donaldson Brown isn’t just a place for elegant weddings and uncomplicated business meetings, it’s an event destination. There are many reasons to consider why you should hold your next gathering at Donaldson Brown. With a history of hosting unique events, we offer guests the ability to create their own special memories on our historic estate with our supportive staff.

Additionally, Donaldson Brown offers our own special events throughout the year, many of which are open to the public. Holiday brunches, luncheons, and dinners often include a scenic tour of the estate with interesting historical “tidbits” that present a unique opportunity to step back in time and relax along the Susquehanna River. And to top it all off, our in-house chef prepares homemade buffets that keep guests coming back time after time.

Whether you’re planning an anniversary party, retirement celebration, birthday gathering, shower, or family reunion, Donaldson Brown provides an elegant and unique setting for your special event. For crowds small or large, we offer you the opportunity to let our home be your home for the day, night, or weekend.

Fees are dependent upon your unique event requests and will be determined after discussions with Donaldson Brown staff.


  • Retreats
  • Group luncheons or dinners
  • Rehearsal dinners
  • Birthday parties
  • Anniversary parties
  • Bar mitzvahs
  • Bat mitzvahs
  • Holiday parties
  • Group getaways
  • Photography location

Overnight Accommodations

There are 16 beautifully appointed bedrooms ranging from large suites to smaller rooms for a total of 25 beds in the mansion. An elevator and second-floor bedroom suite in the mansion can accommodate the physically disabled. The Carriage House has 9 additional bedrooms for those with larger overnight needs. A complimentary breakfast is prepared by our accomplished staff.

Upcoming Events

Historic Mansion Walking Tour & Lunch

Join us at the Ark, our Georgian mansion 200 feet above the Susquehanna for a walking tour led by a member of our elite staff and a homemade, gourmet meal made by our inhouse chef. Learn about the Brown family and see the wonder of this 1930s home.

Thursday, August 18, – 10 a.m.  – 12 p.m. (sold out)

Thursday, September 22 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, October 27 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, November 17 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, December 15 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

$30 per person

Caesar Salad
Choice of – Monterey Chicken, Baked Salmon, or Vegetarian Lasagna
Long Grain Rice
Seasonal Vegetables
Pumpkin Roll
Iced Tea, Lemonade, & Coffee

Reservations Only
Please call 410-378-2555


Murder Mystery Dinner

Friday, October 21
200 Mt Ararat Farm Road, Port Deposit

Whodunnit for Hire and Donaldson Brown Riverfront Mansion have teamed up to bring you Hollywood Homicide” Hollywood theme murder mystery dinner. Costumes encouraged. Search “Hollywood Costume” for ideas.

Doors Open for Guest Arrivals at 7 p.m., Murder Mystery Dinner will begin at 8 p.m.

$75 per person, includes three course dinner, tax and gratuity. Beverages from the bar sold separately. Choose between Prime Rib, Chicken Marsala or Honey Glazed Salmon.

Limited seating. Advance purchase required. Not sold at the door.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 410-378-2555 or online at donaldson.eventbrite.com

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