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President James Buchanan's Wheatland, Lancaster

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Wheatland, or the James Buchanan House, is a brick, Federal style house outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster Township, Lancaster County. It was formerly owned by the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan.
The house was constructed in 1828 by William Jenkins, a local lawyer. It was sold to William M. Meredith in 1841. Wheatland changed hands again in 1848, when it was purchased by Buchanan. Buchanan occupied the house for the next two decades, except for several years during his ambassadorship in Great Britain and during his presidency. After his death in 1868, Wheatland was inherited by Buchanan's niece, Harriet Lane, who sold it in 1881 to George Willson. It was inherited by a relative of Willson's in 1929. Wheatland was put up for sale again after the relative died in 1934 and was acquired by a group of people who set up a foundation for the purpose of preserving the house. Wheatland was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. It was designated a contributing property to the Northeast Lancaster Township Historic District in 1980. The foundation and the adjacent historical society merged in 2009.
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  • Visited today to kill some time on a rainy day and were b.8wn away by how fascinating the tour of the house was. Tour guide Tom was phenomenal. I've got to admit, I never knew or cared about James....  more
    Visited today to kill some time on a rainy day and were b.8wn away by how fascinating the tour of the house was. Tour guide Tom was phenomenal. I've got to admit, I never knew or cared about James....  more »
  • I recently brought a group of ladies to YULETIDE at WHEATLAND. We were treated to an incredible tour by a man dressed in period clothing, who was so knowledgeable about the house, the furnishings... 
    I recently brought a group of ladies to YULETIDE at WHEATLAND. We were treated to an incredible tour by a man dressed in period clothing, who was so knowledgeable about the house, the furnishings...  more »
  • My self my Mom and my cousin were on a girls Getaway and went to visit this house the staff were very friendly and the lady who was our guide through the house was wonderful and very knowledgeable... 
    My self my Mom and my cousin were on a girls Getaway and went to visit this house the staff were very friendly and the lady who was our guide through the house was wonderful and very knowledgeable...  more »
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  • We had a wonderful tour. House has AC so it was a comfortable tour. Very informative. Museum starts with a film and the star in the film was one of the guides in costume. Tour allows you to walk into rooms without barriers. Very enjoyable tour.
  • I was disappointed that they talked primarily of the Buchanan family and very little about the house. I suppose that was because the Buchanan family did not build the house but only bought it from the Jenkins family. The tour was not very long and was abbreviated because neither the third floor nor basement were included. I probably wouldn’t have done the tour if I knew it was all about the family and not the house.
  • Enjoyed learning about this president who isn't often referenced. Was part of a curious group who asked great questions. Also enjoyed hearing about Harriet Lane who endured the loss of her parents at a young age but was so important during President Buchanan's life in public service. Stephanie, our docent, was very knowledgeable, engaging and accommodating!
  • Such a wonderful experience! A lot of history in Lancaster, PA to discover. The grounds are so beautiful, and the tour is packed full of information.
  • What a cool house that takes you back in time to the colonial days. It wasn't open the day we were there but peeking in the windows, it looked so amazingly original. The grounds were beautiful and a pleasure to walk and learn. If in the area, take the time and visit this historical treasure.

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