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 1845. 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 1884 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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  • Exhibitions in the main building are interesting but not overwhelming. The best part includes the video of Buchanan's life and the tour which follows. Tour guide Nancy was great. This place does...  more »
  • It was so interesting to tour the former presidents house....the tour guide was wonderful...she brought the history and people alive to us. They had a short movie about the President Buchanon, a...  more »

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