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NEW THIS SEASON WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE

We are Now Open For

New Guided Walking Tours & Day Passes

For These Historic Times

Guided Walking Tours

Available Thursdays ~ Sundays, 10am – 3pm

Tours on the Hour, Last Tour at 2pm. One Group per Tour.

Walking Tour Admission:

$10 adults, $8 students/seniors. Members & children under 5 Free.

Click Here to Book Walking Tour Now!

(Note Name of Group, Tour Date & Time, and Tour Total)

You will receive e-confirmation good for admission.

Book Online at above link.

Or Call 410-275-8819 to make tour reservations.

Walk-ins Welcome on Space Available Basis.

(Check-in at Visitor Center for Walk-in Tour Availability)

 

Mount Harmon Day Passes

Available Daily 9am ~ 5pm

Day Pass Admission: (guided tour not included)

$10 adults, $8 students/seniors. Members & children under 5 Free.

Click Here to Purchase Mount Harmon Day Pass Now!

(Note Name, Date & Total for Day Pass)

Your will receive e-confirmation good for admission.

New this season, visitors have the option to enjoy Mount Harmon’s history and natural beauty in two fun new ways, purposely designed with social distancing and safety in mind for our visitors, staff, and volunteers: Guided Walking Tours & Day Passes.

Our new Mount Harmon Guided Walking Tours are purposefully designed to be primarily outside and when inside, in our most historic, yet larger rooms, to facilitate social distancing. The Mount Harmon Walking Tour features scenic walking tour loop of historic Mount Harmon Plantation, with guided tours of our Carriage House Education & Discovery Center, Manor House (first floor), Boxwood Garden, and Plantation Outbuildings: colonial kitchen, smoke house, and replica slave quarters.

Our new Walking Tour showcases more of Mount Harmon’s historic living history campus and exhibits than ever before, with scenic vistas at every turn. Benches at tour stops, with scenic overlooks.Walking Tour visitors are welcome to enjoy our grounds, gardens, picnic areas, and nature trails after your tour. Golf cart shuttle or parking at manor house available by reservation or request.

Our new Mount Harmon Day Pass (guided tour not included) is a great option for nature and history lovers for enjoying our beautiful gardens, grounds, and 200-acre nature preserve with over 5 miles of nature trails, great for hiking, picnicking, kayaking or canoeing (includes use of kayak and canoe landing) great for exploring our scenic and historic waterfront.

Many thanks for following our leave no trace and social distancing guidelines, and for respecting other visitors on site by social distancing. Masks required inside buildings, where social distancing is not possible.

We hope this gives you more reasons than ever to come out and enjoy Mount Harmon! So visit often and bring friends and family to enjoy our new Mount Harmon Walking Tour and Day Passes.

We look forward to seeing you at Mount Harmon!

Mount Harmon Walking Tours:

Thursdays – Sundays 10am – 3pm (tours on hour, last tour at 2pm)

By reservation, prepaid online. One Group per Tour (max 6 people )

Walking Tour Admission:

$10 adults, $8 students/seniors.

Members, children 5 & under free

Click Here to Book Now (specify group name, tour date and time in notes)

Your will receive e-confirmation via email, good for admission.

Walk-in visitors welcome on space available basis.

Book tour online or at visitor center (tour dates and times only, otherwise book online)

Thank you for following Social Distancing & Leave No Trace Guidelines.

 

About our new Mount Harmon Walking Tour

Your Guided Walking Tour begins at Mount Harmon’s charming Carriage House Education & Discovery Center for check in, orientation, and to see our Mount Harmon Highlights in History Exhibit (parking, restrooms, and gift shop also here). Stop 1

Your Walking Tour continues along to see a great view of our Serpentine-walled Boxwood Garden from the upper terrace, followed by guided tour of the Manor House (first floor). Stop 2

Your Walking Tour continues with a guided tour of Mount Harmon’s plantation outbuildings, each with a unique purpose and history, to learn more about the stories behind our colonial kitchen, smoke house, and slave quarters. These outbuildings are part of our recently expanded living history campus, and tell the fuller history of Mount Harmon. Stop 3

The Walking Tour loop is a short scenic walk (1/2 mile loop) with benches available at each stop.

Golf cart shuttle or parking at manor house (by reservation or request).

Visitor Information: Arrive 15 – 30 minutes prior to tour time to check in and see visitor center exhibits. Walk-Ins Welcome on Space Available Basis.

Gardens, Grounds, Picnic Areas, & Nature Trails available after tour to enjoy.

Visitor Center, Manor House, and Outbuildings close at 3pm.

The Gardens, Grounds, and Pool House facilities remain open until 5pm.

Proceed down our 1.8 mile scenic lane.

Follow signs to visitor parking and check in. We look forward to seeing you!

 

New this Year for Nature & History Lovers:

Mount Harmon Day Passes

Available Daily 9am – 5pm

Prepaid Online (guided tour not included)

Day Pass Admission Fee:

$10 adults, $8 students/seniors.

Members, children 5 & under free.

Click Here to Purchase Mount Harmon Day Pass

Note Day Pass, Name & Date in notes.

You will receive e-confirmation good for admission.

Walk-in Day Passes can be purchase online via above link

Day Passes can also be purchased at

Carriage House Education & Discovery Center

(only tour dates and times: Thursdays – Sundays, 10am – 3pm)

To schedule a tour, receive a free Mount Harmon brochure, and for more information, you may also contact Friends of Mount Harmon, Inc. at (410) 275-8819 or via e-mail at info@mountharmon.org.

School Field Trips & Special Group Tours by appointment year round.  Call FOMH at 410-275-8819 for special school and group rates, and to schedule your visit back in time today.

Groups of 6 or more, please call in advance for reservations. We are not open on national holidays.

Admission for Tours & Day Passes

  • Adults: $10.00, Seniors & Students: $8.00, Children 6 and under: free
  • Members receive free admission.
  • Admission includes guided tour of the manor house and self guided tours of the grounds and nature trails.
  • Call for Education Program & Special Group Rates.

Planning Your Visit

Entrance RoadArriving by land: Mount Harmon’s scenic two-mile entrance lane has welcomed visitors by land for over two and a half centuries. The picturesque gravel entrance lane transports visitors back in time to a bygone era and is lined with gracefully cascading Osage Orange trees. Proceed 1.8 miles to end of entrance lane. Follow signs for visitor parking.

Arriving by water: Come to Mount Harmon by boat, as colonial-era visitors to Mount Harmon did in the 18th century. Mount Harmon is proud to welcome registered visitors and members via our new dock, located to the right and up the shore from the Prize House.  The dock has a 30 ft T-head and floating dock.  Dock coordinates are 39.22.44 N.  75.56.17 W.  Head left from dock and follow arrows and mowed trail to manor house.  All visitors by boat must register at Manor House (porch entrance) or be FOMH year round members.  Visitors by boat are welcome May – October, Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm, during tour hours.  Year Round Members may enjoy the dock year round.

  • Visitor check-in: is located at the Carriage House Education & Discover Center (follow sings to visitor parking).
  • Restrooms are located in Carriage House Education & Discover Center and in the brick pool house adjacent to visitor parking.

We suggest you plan to allow at least one hour for the tour, and additional time to explore the gardens, grounds, nature trails, and waterfront. Mount Harmon hosts weddings and special events throughout the year, so please be sure to follow visitor check in signs and/or call prior to your visit for updated weekend information.

Living history and colonial craft demonstrations can be included with group tours by prior arrangement for additional fee.

Recommendations for area restaurants to visit  before or after a tour or to contact to arrange for a boxed or picnic lunch can be made by emailing info@mountharmon.org.

Points of Interest

Mt. Harmon Front ViewPlantation House

The manor house is a three-story, five-bay, brick double pile structure which restoration architect Albert Kruse dated to 1730. The house is listed by the National Register of Historic Places. The manor house has been restored to the 1760 – 1810 period and is furnished with American, English, Irish and Scottish antiques, to reflect Mount Harmon’s owners of that period, who actively traded with the British Isles. The Chinese Chippendale staircase and elegant furnishings reflect the refinement of plantation culture in early America.

KitchenKitchen

The plantation kitchen recalls domestic life and work on a colonial American plantation. It stands apart from the manor house and was restored and furnished with authentic kitchen artifacts of the colonial era

Prize House

Prize HouseMount Harmon was not only a successful tobacco plantation, but a local center for tobacco shipment for the Sassafras area. It boasts the northernmost existing tobacco prize house. “Prize” refers to the huge wooden screw used to compress tobacco from two casks into one for more efficient shipment.

Discovery CenterEducation & Discovery Center

Housed in the renovated plantation stables, the Education & Discovery Center features a Mount Harmon Highlights in History Exhibit, expanded educational programs, and is available for special and community events.

Serpentine WallGardens

The formal boxwood garden enclosed by serpentine brick walls evokes Mount Harmon’s golden age. Between the boxwood garden and the manor house are a pair of magnificent English Yew trees (Taxus baccata, variety dovastonii). These 200-year-old yews may be the oldest in the United States.

Nature Trails

A network of nature trails provides easy access to the plantation’s pristine natural surroundings – a historic Tidewater landscape, little changed by time. The trails allow visitors to explore the plantation’s scenic waterfront, rare tobacco prize house, and diverse ecosystems full of wildlife.

Wildlife

Wildlife is abundant at Mount Harmon. The entire plantation is a nature preserve, and all forms of plants and animals on the property are protected. Visitors are requested not to pick the flowers or otherwise disturb plants and animals.

EagleRare and Endangered Species

Several rare and formerly endangered species live at Mount Harmon. A pair of American bald eagles nests in the vicinity and can be seen hunting over the plantation. The American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea), a relative of the water lily and the largest wildflower in the United States, is rare in Maryland and neighboring states but abundant at Mount Harmon with its peak flowering in August.