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President James Buchanan's Wheatland

230 N President Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

James Buchanan served as the 15th President of the United States. Before his Presidency he served two years in the Pennsylvania Legislature, 22 years in the U.S. House and Senate, four years as Secretary of State and six years in Russia and Great Britain as a U.S. Foreign Diplomat. In 1856 Wheatland served as his presidential campaign headquarters. From 1857 to 1861 Buchanan struggled to calm the nation divided over slavery, states’ rights and popular sovereignty. His term ended with the secession of seven States after the election of Republican, Abraham Lincoln. After serving as President, Buchanan retired to Wheatland. He refused to leave Wheatland when Lancastrians received word that the Confederate troops had come within a few miles of the community and his estate. A highly respected member of the Masonic Lodge, Buchanan's Masonic brothers maintained a vigil around the Wheatland Mansion as Southern troops were poised to cross the Susquehanna River and enter Lancaster County. Fortunately troops were diverted to the battle of Gettysburg, sparing Wheatland and Lancaster City from Confederate occupation.

LancasterHistory.org is your comprehensive history center for Lancaster County history. The ten-acre Campus of History features the historic grounds and gardens of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum, and the award-winning, and environmentally-sustainable headquarters of LancasterHistory.org. Visitors can take tours of the mansion. Tour guides share Buchanan’s family stories that reveal a stern, yet lovable bachelor uncle who raised orphaned nieces and nephews, cared for Lancaster’s widows and orphans and was a successful attorney.

President James Buchanan’s Wheatland is a National Historic Landmark (designated in 7/4/1961) and on the National Register of Historic Places (designated in 10/15/1966). 

 

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Directions

>>>From Gettysburg: Follow Lincoln Way W and US-30 E to Harrisburg Ave/Harrisburg Pike in Manheim Township. Take the Harrisburg Pike exit from US-30 E. Continue on Harrisburg Ave/Harrisburg Pike. Drive to N President Ave in Lancaster Township. >>>From Philadelphia: (This route has tolls.) Get on I-76 W from S Penn Square and John F Kennedy Blvd. Follow I-76W and US-222 S to Harrisburg Ave/Harrisburg Pike in Manheim Township. Take the Harrisburg Pike exist from US-30 W. Continue on Harrisburg Ave/Harrisburg Pike. Drive to N President Ave in Lancaster Township. >>>From Washington, D.C.: (via I-83 N) Get on Baltimore-Washington Pkway to Baltimore. Take I-695 N, I-83 N, and US-30 E to Harrisburg Ave/Harrisburg Pike in Manheim Township. Take the Harrisburg Pike exit from US-30E. Continue on Harrisburg Ave/Harrisburg Pike. Drive to N President Ave in Lancaster Township.

Visitor Services

Restrooms, water fountain, Museum Store, small snack cart

Regular Events

Variety of events, including numerous lectures on presidential and regional history, living history events and encampments, genealogy classes, and more.

Available Interpretation

Costumed interpreters providing guided tours of presidential home, exhibit galleries, research library, archives, orientation film

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Adults: $12; Seniors: $10; Students (11-17): $6; Child (10 and under): Free

Hours

LancasterHistory.org is open 9:30am-5pm Monday – Saturday from the second week in January until December 30. Wheatland open for tours on the hour from 10am to last tour at 3pm from the second week in January until December 30. Call for all other questions.

Phone

717-392-4633

Website

http://www.lancasterhistory.org »

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