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 10 additional bedrooms for those with larger overnight needs. A complimentary breakfast is prepared by our accomplished staff.

Upcoming Events

Murder Mystery Dinner

Friday, June 10
200 Mt Ararat Farm Road, Port Deposit

Whodunnit for Hire and Donaldson Brown Riverfront Mansion have teamed up to bring you “Death at the Disco” 1970’s theme murder mystery dinner. Costumes encouraged. Search “1970s 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

Mother’s Day Brunch

Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$28 per person
Guests may bring a bottle of wine or champagne – corking fee of $5

French Toast Bake
Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Country Bacon
Maryland Potato Casserole
Ham & Asparagus Frittata
Vegetarian Frittata
Strawberry Crepes
Fresh Fruit
Blueberry Buckle
Coffee Cake
Homemade Candies
Chocolate Pretzels
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Father’s Day Dinner

Saturday, June 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
$45 per person

Classic Caesar Salad
Green bean Almandine
Cheesy twice-baked potatoes
Old Bay Steamed Shrimp with lemon
Succulent Herb Crusted Prime Rib with Au jus and horseradish sauce
Fresh baked dinner rolls
Homemade Classic Chocolate Cake
Ice Cream Bar with Assorted Toppings

Reservations Only
Cash Bar Supplied by Jumbo Jimmy’s
Please call 410-378-2555


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