James McCormick Cameron erected the stone mansion as a summer home around 1908. The mansion is approximately 200 feet long and is built of native Antietam quartzite quarried from a nearby ridge.
The 32-room house was designed to resemble an Italian villa with its flat roof, huge windows and flagstone terrace. The use of steel-reinforced concrete for the internal structure of the building is believed to be one of the first such applications in local construction. The materials used in the construction were intended to make the mansion as fireproof as possible. Nevertheless, Mr. Cameron only lived at Kings Gap from May through October, when fire danger is at its lowest. Other structures include:
- Ice House
- Water Tower
- Carriage House
- Generator Building
- Caretaker's House
Beginning in the summer of 2000, the mansion underwent a $1.6 million renovation project bringing the total number of rooms to 38. The renovations included:
- Construction of a new addition including two 1stfloor wheelchair accessible bedrooms and a bath as well as a new, larger dining room.
- Construction of an enclosed fire escape
- Replacement and upgrade of electrical, plumbing and heating systems
- New paint, carpeting and tile throughout the mansion.
- Installation of a wheelchair lift in meeting room (living room).
- New living room furniture, conference and dining room chairs
- Cleaning and repointing of all exterior stonework
Click the following link to view an interior map of the mansion:
Visiting the Cameron-Masland Mansion
On most Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting on Memorial Day weekend and running through November, the first floor of the mansion is open to the public for self-guided tours unless a special event requires it to be closed. The mansion is also open the first two Sundays in December for the Holiday Open Houses when both floors are open. Check the Mansion Schedule for 2017 to plan your visit.
Note: The Mansion Schedule is subject to change. To check the status, please call 717-486-5031 prior to the weekend you plan to visit.
Weddings at Kings Gap
From the panoramic view of the mountain and valley to the historical backdrop of the Cameron-Masland Mansion and natural beauty of the garden, Kings Gap offers a unique setting for weddings and receptions. For information, click the following link: