A House in Mourning

A House in Mourning


An image from the 1868 edition of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper depicting James Buchanan's coffin being carried out of Wheatland.Learn about the unique rituals and traditions that Victorian Americans followed to commemorate the passing of loved ones and revered figures. On October 1, take a special guided tour of Wheatland to learn about the culture of mourning, décor, and how thousands paid their last respects to James Buchanan when he passed on June 1, 1868 at Wheatland.

A House in Mourning, a special guided tour of Wheatland, will be held on Saturday, October 1. Tours will be available on the hour, beginning at 10am and continuing until the last tour at 3pm. Please Note: These tours are not our regular General Admission tours and are not solely focused on James Buchanan. 

Tickets are available for purchase online or over the phone by calling (717) 392-4633. When booking online, be sure to first select the date of October 1, followed by the time of your choice. Advance reservations are highly recommended as tours may sell out and walk-in tickets may not be available. Members receive complimentary admission, but must reserve their tickets in advance. All visitors must abide by LancasterHistory’s Health & Safety Protocols for Visitors.

In-Person Event Tour

October 1, 2022 LancasterHistory, 230 North President Avenue Tours 10am - 3pm FREE/Members | $15/Adults (18+) | $13/Seniors (65+) | $8 (11-College ID)