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Campus of History

campusmapThe Campus of History is located just west of the City of Lancaster at the intersection of Marietta and North President Avenues. There is ample off-street parking available.

Our ten-acre Campus of History features:

  • the historic grounds and gardens of President James Buchanan's Wheatland
  • the headquarters of including the Museum Store, Library and Research Resources, and Exhibit Galleries
  • the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum

Hours of Operation

President James Buchanan's Wheatland

  • President James Buchanan's Wheatland opens Presidents Day Weekend and remains open through November 14, 2015. 
    • Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Last tour begins at 3 pm.
  • If Visiting in November 2015: The 2015 regular tour season for Wheatland will end on Saturday, November 14th after the last tour of the day (3pm). Wheatland will be closed to the public in preparation for Yuletide (more information coming soon!) from Sunday, November 15- Saturday, November 21, 2015. Wheatland will reopen on Monday, November 23, 2015.
  • Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. Please check Calendar of Events for any additional closures.
  • President James Buchanan's Wheatland also offers a special Yuletide at Wheatland tour during the holidays.  Check back for more information on this program.
  • Closings because of inclement weather will be posted on our automated voice mail system or the homepage of our website. Call 717-392-4633.



Museum Store, Research Library, Exhibit Galleries

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
  • Closed on Major Holidays, please check Calendar of Events for any additional closures.
  • Closings because of inclement weather will be posted on our automated voice mail system or the homepage of our website. Call 717-392-4633.

Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum

  • Visitors are welcome on the grounds of the Arboretum daily from sunrise to sunset.



Group Tour Information

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 Michelle Strohm for current Adult Group tour rates and scheduling. On the Square

We invite you to stop by our museum store and gallery at 4 W. King Street, in Lancaster, PA.  The store carries locally made contemporary and folk art and seasonal items.

The latest exhibit in the gallery, Welcome to Jacob Eichholtz's Lancaster, features portraits of Lancastrians in the first decades of the nineteenth century that were painted by Jacob Eichholtz.

The gallery and retail space at LancasterHistory On the Square are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 4pm.


Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site

While this historic site is not currently open to the public, visitors may get a glimpse of a part of the inside of the building and view the interpretive panels which are located in the Vine Street Entrance Lobby of the Lancaster County Convention Center

Our Blogs

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.

[Read My Blog]

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!

[Read Our Blog]

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!

[Read My Blog]

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, 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!

[Read My Blog]

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