President James Buchanan's Wheatland is at 1120 Marietta Ave. (SR 23). Wheatland, home of the 15th U.S. president James Buchanan from 1848-68, highlights the life of America's only bachelor president and the only Pennsylvanian to hold the office. During Buchanan's presidential years the home served as his personal retreat and offered respite from public life. He conducted his 1856 campaign from here, and it also served as Democratic Party headquarters. From the front porch he accepted his party's nomination and the general election results.
Tours of the 1828 Federal-style mansion include public and private rooms furnished in period. Interpreters in period dress help illustrate Buchanan's life and times. The grounds include gardens, a carriage house, ice house and privy. Living history and Yuletide tours also are offered.
Guided tours are available.
(includes LancasterHistory.org galleries at 230 N. President Ave.) $15; $13 (ages 65+); $8 (ages 11-17); $35 (family, two adults and two children). Reservations are recommended.
$2 off adult admission during regular season
Hours: House tours are offered Mon.-Sat. on the hour 10-3. Yuletide program offered Nov.-Dec. Closed week before Thanksgiving, Dec. 31-early Jan. and major holidays except Presidents Day. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 1 hour minimum.