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Lancaster County's Historical Society and President James Buchanan's Wheatland are located on the Campus of History at the intersection of Marietta and North President Avenues in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There is ample off-street parking available. The grounds also feature Wheatland's Gardens and the popular Tanger Arboretum, which features more than 100 species of trees from around the world.
Wheatland tour tickets can be purchased and visitors can check-in for on-line reservations of Wheatland tours in the Ware Commons of Lancaster County's Historical Society building. Tours of Wheatland will begin in the Ware Commons of Lancaster County's Historical Society building.

Hours of Operation

Lancaster County's Historical Society

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday – 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

President James Buchanan's Wheatland

Open Presidents Day through mid-November, tours offered Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Last tour begins at 3 pm.

Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Years Day.

Yuletide at Wheatland Tours
Please call for information!

Closings because of inclement weather will be posted on our automated voice mail system or the homepage of our website. Call 717-392-4633.


Lancaster County's Historical Society

Library: $7 per day for adults, $5 per day for seniors (65+), free for students and youth (17 and under); Free for members.

Groff Gallery and Richard C. von Hess Decorative Arts Center: : $7 per day for adults, $5 per day for seniors (65+) and students (11-17), free for youth under 11 years of age.  Free for members.

Special pricing available if combined with tours of Wheatland.  Special Family Pricing and Multi-Day Pricing may be available.  Please call for more information or to register using these special pricing options.

President James Buchanan's Wheatland

General Admission:

Admission prices are as follows for the 2014 Tour of Wheatland:
Adults $10.00
Seniors (65+) $8.00
Students (11-17) $6.00
Students (10 and younger, must be accompanied by an adult) Free


reservationsIndividuals and small groups can now reserve their tour dates and times using our Reservation Button and PayPal!

Group Admission:

Student Groups (ages 6-13): $6.00 per student

  • Adult Chaperones Free
  • Group must have a minimum of 10 or more students.
  • Minimum of two weeks advanced reservations requested.
  • We request 1 adult for every 10 students; Wheatland can accommodate a maximum of 50 students and 8 adults for the student tour.
  • Programs include:
    • Thematic House Tour (Please allow 60 minutes for the program)
    • Activity Based House Tour (Please allow 90 minutes for the program)

Adult Groups

  • Group must have a minimum of 10 or more paying adults.
  • Minimum of two weeks advanced reservations requested.
  • Bus driver and Tour Leader receive complimentary admission
  • Contact James Bollinger for current Adult Group tour rates and scheduling.

When you arrive ample free parking is available, with separate spaces for motor coaches and RVs. All tours of Wheatland begin in the main lobby of Be sure to allow at least one hour to enjoy the full tour. Visitors with special physical needs should get more information here.

Please note that the use of cameras or video recorders inside Wheatland is permitted, however we do not permit the use of the camera's flash or any additional lighting.  For your safety and security, all backpacks, camera bags, and large bags must remain in your vehicle.


Wheatland welcomes special needs visitors. has an ADA ramp with ADA public restrooms.The pedestrian paths leading to the President's home are brick and do include a set of stairs leading to the house. At the house's back porch there is a low step to navigate to gain access to the porch. This is also the case with the doorway into the mansion from the porch. The first floor and a photographic tour of the second floor is available for our visitors unable to use the stairs. Wheelchairs are welcome in the mansion; however, the size of the interior spaces prevents the use of motorized scooter chairs, and limits the number that can be accommodated in a single tour. Printed mansion scripts are available for those with hearing problems.



The History Bucket


Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking


The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog


Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

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, Assistant Director of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past six years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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