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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'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.


Sat Jul 01 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Living History at Wheatland

Domestic Help Wanted

Image of a reenactor portraying Miss Hetty, James Buchanan's housekeeper at Wheatland.Step back in time to 1861.  Mr. Buchanan recently retired from the U.S. Presidency and his housekeeper, Miss Hetty Parker, has informed him that running the house has become a struggle. She points out that they have a shortage of domestic help; a number of domestic servants have left for other jobs, and Miss Hetty now faces the task of interviewing applicants. Meet Mr. Buchanan's domestic staff and experience daily life at Wheatland c. 1861 at this month's Living History at Wheatland!

The Living History at Wheatland program, Domestic Help Wanted, takes place on Saturday, July 1, 2017 with tours on the hour starting at 12pm and the last starting at 3pm. Standard tours of Wheatland are also offered at 10am and 11am. Click the link below or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets. Advanced tickets strongly recommended as Living History tours often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Your tickets also include admission to the exhibition galleries.


 What is the difference between a "Living History" tour and a Standard Wheatland tour?

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