President James Buchanan's Wheatland

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President James Buchanan's Wheatland

President James Buchanan's Wheatland
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Come discover the warmth and hospitality of President James Buchanan's Wheatland. Costumed tour guides share facts and stories from Buchanan's personal and professional life. Buchanan represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives and later the Senate, served as Minister to Russia, Secretary of State, and Ambassador to the United Kingdom. And, in 1856, Wheatland served as the hub of his successful campaign to become the 15th President of the United States. During his presidency, Wheatland served as Buchanan’s retreat as a divided nation struggled with slavery and states’ rights. Post-presidency, Wheatland became Buchanan’s refuge as he avoided public life after his term and retired as a private citizen. Wheatland’s tangible connection to the US Presidency, Antebellum and Civil War America, and the American political process make it instrumental to teaching history to modern day visitors.
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1-2 hours
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RecreationV
New York City, NY365 contributions
The house is located behind Lancaster History Museum, which has its own exhibits. The tour is led by a guide in period dress, who was quite knowledgeable and informative. We didn't know much about President Buchanan, so we learned a lot today. The house is located on a beautiful bit of property, which we walked about after the tour.
Written 28 July 2022
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CarolPNewJersey
New Jersey111 contributions
This was one of the best historical house tours I've ever been on. Our guide attired in period dress was so informative and delightful in discussing the history of President Buchanan's home. Loved the fact that you could walk through the rooms with no ropes or barriers and I learned so much about this man's life and his family as we toured the building. It was enlightening and informative and so very enjoyable. The museum and grounds were equally delightful and we enjoyed several hours at the site. Our party of 4 would highly recommend a visit to Wheatland and this tour.
Written 25 July 2022
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Dave C
Alexandria, VA1,461 contributions
Incredibly preserved home with original to the house or period furnishings, all placed within the context of Buchanan's entire life, not just his presidency. My wife and I greatly enjoyed the tour, which starts at the Lancaster History center. Admission to the small but nice history center and the mansion tour is $15 per adult, a bargain for the experience. Would love to do this again in a few years.
Written 11 July 2022
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anderson213
Hannibal, MO675 contributions
There is a pretty good video that is presented at the beginning of the tour on James Buchanan. The tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable. The problem with this tour is that once you get past the video, the actual house has little information about Buchanan, and instead lots of info. (with a good portion unnecessary) about his family, especially his niece, Harriet. When I asked a couple of questions about James (like his thoughts concerning what happened up the road at Gettysburg), the same answer was returned: he was a private man. Even though he wrote a lengthy memoir justifying his actions, he was a private man. There has to be letters somewhere that explain his mental outlook upon the Civil War and its carnage.--With that mentioned, Wheatland is a good place to see a 19th century home and its infamous privy. However, if you are looking for an actual information about Buchanan besides what's in a textbook, you will be sadly disappointed.
Written 29 June 2022
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,719 contributions
A wonderful site to visit all around. Free parking, a friendly staff, and ample-sized gift shop...all this before the tour even started. There is a film about President Buchanan which I highly recommend, as he is one of the lesser known and misunderstood presidents for sure. The house tour was led by a docent dressed in period clothing. It was well worth the marginal fee. So many of the family and period artifacts.
Written 20 June 2022
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Esther H
Canton, CT181 contributions
We never knew much about President James Buchanan but this visit gave us an important look at an obscure president that had a profoundly negative impact on our nation. It was neat to see his house and to learn about his life. He was a northern Democrat that supported slavery and his presidency was a real disgrace to our nation.
Written 11 May 2022
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Stephen D
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Excellent tour, about one hour in length after interesting and informative 20+ minute video on President Buchanan. The beautiful decor is either original (furnishings, etc.) or period design (flooring, wallpaper). Our experienced guide Catherine, dressed elegantly in period gown complete with hoop skirt, was fantastic. She knows her history. If you are in Lancaster this is well worth your time. Democratic President Buchanan, as the only PA president and a bachelor, disappointed as a president, but his residence is sumptuous.
Written 6 April 2022
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Tia B
Morgantown, WV263 contributions
This home of President James Buchannon is quite a nice and I am sure forgotten place to visit in Lancaster, Pa. We visited there nearly 20 years ago and went this time with a friend. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and wore clothing of the era. The visitors center is combined with the Lancaster Historic Society Museum. The home is beautiful on lovely grounds. There is a nice gift shop. Buchanon the only bachelor President does not receive good reviews in American history books which is unfortunate. However if you enjoy history and touring Presidential homes , I would highly recommend a visit to Wheatland!
Written 1 January 2022
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CDR G$
Philadelphia, PA435 contributions
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Well preserved home of lesser known President James Buchanan Jr, America’s confirmed Bachelor President. Guide in period costume provides a tour of the home, Wheatland and explanation of the Buchanan family and history of the house thru the years. Home itself is filled with authentic period furniture and items owned by President Buchanan or his niece who served as First Lady, Harriett Lane. No mention of his frequent companion, Senator Rufus King but that is another story. Close to Christmas time the house was decorated and tour conducted to explain Christmas Season practices of his day. A nearby Visitor’s Center and Library has rotating exhibits, the current one is an informative “Lancaster in the 60’s” and while your go to is the 1960’s is is actually a collection of multiple 60’s from the 1660’s onward. Great value for the admission charged. The museum is more child friendly than the period home of course. Worth the visit if in the Lancaster PA area.
Written 2 December 2021
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Tamba5
New England218 contributions
This is definitely worth a visit! We took a tour with a lovely gentleman who at first seemed a little nervous with our group but quickly loosened up and was a fun guide.

Going into this tour we really didn't know much about Buchanan but by the end we really got a sense of who he and his family were.

Worth a visit.
Written 19 November 2021
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM