1120 Marietta Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 392-8721
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Places Nearby:
North Museum of Natural Histor
Historic Rockford and Kauffman Museum
Hands-On House
Landis Valley Museum
Anderson Pretzels
Folkcraft Museum
Mennonite Information Center
Wax Museum of Lancaster
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This National Historic Site Landmark was the home of James Buchanan, fifteenth President of the United States. He purchased the beautiful Federal mansion and its 22-acre farm in 1848 from William Jenkins, a wealthy lawyer and banker. He named it Wheatland because of its rural location near wheat fields. Buchanan was Secretary of State on William Polk's cabinet.

Wheatland was Buchanan's home during the time of his presidential campaign. Here he received gentlemen callers, corresponded with supporters, wrote his Inaugural Address and, following his Presidential term, authored his only book, "Mr. Buchanan's Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion."

Today the estate includes 4 acres of beautiful property with centuries-old trees, the mansion, and the outbuildings -- a smokehouse, privy and carriage house. Visitors begin their tour in the Carriage House and then continue to the mansion. Though built in 1828, Wheatland is restored to reflect the time when President Buchanan lived there, from 1848 to his death in 1868. The rooms are exquisitely furnished with period decor, and the tour is conducted by costumed guides, enhancing the old-time atmosphere of the house. Tours last about 60 minutes.

Each year the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland conducts a charming Victorian Christmas Candlelight Tour for a week in early December. Call for details.

No formal School Programs here, but School Groups are welcome and offered an opportunity to participate in thematic museum education programs. Special tours are offered for other groups as well and, of course, families and individuals. Groups consist of 15 or more people.

Hours: Open Presidents' Day through mid-November, Monday - Saturday 10am - 4:00pm. Last tour begins at 3:00. Call for November and December hours. Open on weekdays by appointment only in January - March. Call for special hours during Christmas week. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year's Eve and Day.
Adults $10.00
Seniors (65+) $8.00
Students (11-17) with ID $6.00
Children (6-11) FREE
Group discounts available. Student Groups (10 or more aged 6-13) $6.00 per student. Call for info on adult group rates.
Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Restaurants nearby.
Handicapped Access: Call with your needs.
Directions: Rt. 30 West to Lancaster. Bear right onto Rt. 23 (Marietta Ave.). Wheatland is just past President Ave. 60- 90 west of Philadelphia.

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