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Hours for Presidents Day, 2/20

On Presidents Day, February 20th, President James Buchanan's Wheatland, the Exhibition Galleries, and the Museum Store will be open. To learn more about our Living History at Wheatland tours that will be taking place that day, please visit our events page. The Library, Archives, and Administrative Offices will be closed. Thank you!

Living History Programs

First Saturday Living History at Wheatland
Occurring on the first Saturday of the month from March through October, the Living History at Wheatland program consists of a series of interactive and engaging glimpses into the life and times of President James Buchanan and his family. Actors bring to life the people who lived here and the history of the site.

Encampments
LancasterHistory.org's Campus of History is home to two living history encampments each year.  The Civil War Encampment is held annually in the fall and the World War II Encampment is held every spring.


 

Mon Feb 20 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
Living History at Wheatland

Buchanan's First Challenges: A Dose of Hotel Disease & The Dred Scott Decision


Leaving for DC Leslie March 14 1857 2Join us on a journey back to February 1857. During your tour you will "visit" both Wheatland and the White House in 1857.  At Wheatland you will bear witness to James Buchanan's encounter with a mysterious disease he contracted in January while staying in Washington, DC.  Moving along to President Buchanan’s White House after his March 1857 inauguration, you will be party to the struggle faced by the President and his advisors as they discuss how to manage the nation’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Dred Scott case.

The Presidents Day Living History at Wheatland takes place on Monday, February 20, 2017 with tours on the hour at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. We strongly advise making reservations in advance for your tour since tours do fill up and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour so you may use the facilities and check in.

Click the button below or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets. Your purchase of a ticket includes admission to the exhibition galleries.

Tickets button.

Click to learn what a Living History tour is!



Sat Mar 04 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Living History at Wheatland

A Great Healing Measure: Will Kansas Be Free?


Image of James Buchanan.Historian George Bancroft advised newly inaugurated President Buchanan that the quick admission of Kansas as a Free State would be a “great healing measure for the country.” Did the 15th President heed his advice? Experience this living history performance to discover President Buchanan's decision!

A Great Healing Measure is a Living History at Wheatland program, and takes place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with tours on the hour from 12pm to the last tour of the day at 3pm. We strongly advise making reservations in advance for your tour since tours do fill up and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour so you may use the facilities and check in.

Click the button below or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets. Your purchase of a ticket includes admission to the exhibition galleries.

Tickets button.

Click to learn what a Living History tour is!



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Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past nine years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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