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
  • History tours
  • 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

Special Events

Murder Mystery Dinners

Friday, October 11, 2024

Whodunnit for Hire and Donaldson Brown Riverfront Mansion have teamed up to bring you Hollywood Homicide 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. Choose between Top Loin Steak, Chicken Monterey or Cedar Plank Salmon. BYOB

Limited seating. Advance purchase required. Not sold at the door.
Tickets can be purchased online at donaldson.eventbrite.com

Overnight accommodations are available on a first come, first served basis for groups of seven or more. Costs $125 per person additional including a continental breakfast in the morning.

In 2025 – We will host three CLUE mystery dinners – January 25, February 22, & March 29 – more information soon!

Friends Getaway

Grab your closest friends and book a Friday-Saturday overnight at Donaldson Brown Riverfront. Play billiards in the game room, enjoy dinner in the crystal dining room, sleep in one of our elegant bedrooms, enjoy the spectacular view of the river, and finish the morning off with brunch. It’s your time to connect and make lasting memories.

The mansion will be open to your guests at 4pm on Friday through 11am on Saturday. This package easily accommodates eight to twenty guests in any of our seventeen bedrooms. Cost is $200 per person. Dinner choice of taco bar or Italian delights. Please call 410-378-2555 for more details or to book your overnight.

Holiday Company Luncheon

Back by popular demand, our holiday luncheon. To show your team how much they mean to your company and how much you appreciate their hard work, our staff will pamper your guests for a two hour lunch in the crystal dining room.  From November 1st until December 19th only. Cost is $45 per person with a fifteen person minimum. Please call 410-378-2555 to reserve your date.

Holiday Port Deposit Candlelight Tour

Saturday, December 7 – 2 p.m. – 7  p.m.
more details to come

Holiday Dinner and Candlelight Tour

Friday, December 20, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
$55 per person

Join us to celebrate the season of giving. Bring your family and friends to share a meal which will include Sue’s famous cream of crab soup. Take a history tour through two floors of our stunning mansion as you enjoy our holiday décor.

This will be the last event hosted by our Facility Manager, Sue, who is retiring after giving the center more than 30 years of love and dedication.


Recurring 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. Tour two floors of the mansion and see the amazing view, as our guide tells you stories from the family memoirs. 

Thursday, July 11 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, August 8 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

Thursday, October 17 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – sold out tour -Women’s Friendship Club of York

Thursday, November 14 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

$35 per person

Fresh made Salad
Choice of – Chicken Marsala, Baked Salmon, or the Donaldson Vegetarian Bake
Duchess Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables
Seasonal Dessert
Iced Tea, Lemonade, & Coffee

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

Sunday Brunch

Please come enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet created by our caring staff. Bring your family and friends to capture breathtaking moments of our picturesque view. Seating is limited.

10 am. – 12 pm.
$35 per person

Dates for 2024

Sunday, August 4, 2024

Sunday, September 1, 2024

Menu – (items change monthly but may include)

Egg Frittata
French Toast Bake
Home Fries
potatoes & onions
Turkey Sausage
Tea – Coffee – Assorted Juices

Bring your own bottle of bubbly

Reservations Only
Click the link above to purchase tickets


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