WHO WE ARE
Bill and Karyn live in the mansion full-time with their three Boston terriers, and they love sharing the beauty of Drumore Estate with their guests. The gardens are designed by a Longwood Gardens-trained master gardener, and a wonderful team of gardeners and groundskeepers maintain the estate.
Bill and Karyn are completely hands-on owners down to the last detail, with the help of their wedding planners and event staff. Karyn, Bill and their entire staff take immense pride in ensuring that you have the wedding day of your dreams at Drumore Estate.
Drumore Estate was founded in 1938 when local newspaper magnate and philanthropist John F. Steinman sought out a hilltop in the Lancaster County countryside on which to build a peaceful retreat. He decided upon this 70 acre property in the southern end of Lancaster, situated on the second highest peak in the county with a view of his newspaper building in downtown Lancaster. Philadelphia architect Robert R. McGoodwin was commissioned to design the 16,000 square foot brick Georgian mansion so that it best complimented the natural beauty of the property.
Mature trees were transplanted onto the estate grounds in 1939, and the beautiful sycamores are a signature of the estate to this day. The mansion was situated slightly downhill from the highest peak on the property, marked by the Fountain garden at the ceremony site. This positioning allows for one of the most beautiful wedding aisles around, as brides ascend stairs from the mansion & Romance garden to make their entrance through the Formal gardens. To the left of the Fountain garden, the view stretches across the Susquehanna River valley as far as the eye can see, and as a result the sunsets at Drumore Estate are simply stunning.
John F. Steinman later made additions to the property to refine its entertaining abilities, such a porch areas, the first outdoor swimming pool in Lancaster County, and later the indoor pool located in what is now the Orangery so that he could continue his swimming regimen into his old age. He also cut through any trees blocking his view of Lancaster city sometime in the 1960’s, and you can still see the city from the mansion to this day. Other local Steinman family properties include Conestoga Gardens and the Pressroom Restaurant, adjacent to Steinman Park where a statue honors John F. Steinman and his brother, James Hale Steinman. John F. Steinman loved Drumore Estate and lived here until he died in 1980.