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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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Excellent tour by an excellent docent! I was the only one on my tour so I got to learn a lot. Beautiful house and grounds and a lot of interesting history about a not super well-known president. Would also recommend the local history exhibits in the visitors center. They're included with admission and are really interesting
  • Fun house to tour! Very nice gardens too! Reasonable price to get in. Great tour guides. Highly recommend seeing this house and hearing the story behind it. Beautifully decorated. Most items are original to the house.

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