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 17 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, February 23 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, March 16 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, April 13 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, May 4 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

$35 per person

Apple Gorgonzola Salad
Choice of – Monterey Chicken, Baked Salmon, or Vegetarian Lasagna
Long Grain Rice
Seasonal Vegetables
Seasonal Dessert
Iced Tea, Lemonade, & Coffee

Reservations Only
Please call 410-378-2555 or click the link to purchase tickets


Mother’s Day Brunch

Mark your calendars for our second annual Mother’s Day brunch. Come celebrate the special moms in your life at our historic mansion. Take pictures of our stunning view, tour two floors of the Brown home, and eat from an elaborate menu of breakfast treats. Seating is limited, so please call for reservations.

Saturday, May 13 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Call 410-378-2555 for seats or click the link to purchase tickets. $35 per person


Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Waffles, Homemade sauces, Syrup

French Toast Bake, Home fries

Bagels & Cream Cheese

Assorted homemade candies & desserts

Coffee – Tea – Assorted Juices


Murder Mystery Dinners

200 Mt Ararat Farm Road, Port Deposit

Whodunnit for Hire and Donaldson Brown Riverfront Mansion have teamed up to bring you themed murder mystery dinner parties. Costumes are highly encouraged. 

Doors open for guest arrivals and cocktails at 7 p.m., Murder Mystery Dinner will begin at 8 p.m.

$95 per person, includes three course dinner, tax and gratuity. Groups of 4 or more are discounted. 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

Announcing our 2023 mysteries…


Friday, February 17, 2023 – Deadly Valentine

Picture this…you are having a fabulous time at the mansion’s Valentine’s party when a stranger stumbles in and dies. What’s more you learn that some of your friends are happy about it and you are asked to search for clues and interrogate suspects to solve whodunnit. The mystery is set at an upscale dinner in the present day. Cocktail attire is encouraged.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 – Sinister Speakeasy

The year is 1928 and gangsters and flappers are enjoying a night out at the local speakeasy. But when the new owner stumbles in and dies the guests are asked to help solve the crime. Search “1920s Costume” for ideas about what to wear this evening and join us for a fabulous event. But watch out! This is so much fun, you might die laughing.

Friday, October 27, 2023 – Dead Men Tell No Tales

The year is 1715 and the setting is a pirate ship. Captain Carcass stumbles up from the galley and dies having been run through with a cutlass. Who be responsible? Join us and find out but be warned ye may be accused of the murder and made to walk the plank.  Come dressed as a pirate or wench for this interactive murder mystery dinner.


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