Events Over Which He Could Have Exercised No Control

Events Over Which He Could Have Exercised No Control

Image of James Buchanan from the Library of Congress.
James Buchanan / engraved by permission, from the original in the possession of J.C. Buttre. , ca. 1860. Photograph.

Experience history on October 5, 2019 at President James Buchanan’s Wheatland. In this first-person presentation, guests to Wheatland will step back in time to two different periods: December 20, 1860 when South Carolina has just withdrawn from the Union, and December 31, 1793 when Mr. Thomas Jefferson, the Secretary of State, has just resigned from his position in George Washington’s cabinet. After receiving word of these events, James Buchanan and George Washington will reflect on their presidencies with their respective First Ladies. Guests will listen as Buchanan and Washington discuss the long-standing issues that started with the first presidency and morphed into the eventual secession of the Southern states in 1860. This Living History program provides a unique viewpoint into both presidencies, comparing Buchanan’s with Washington’s.

The Living History program Events Over Which He Could Have Exercised No Control takes place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 with tours starting on the hour at 1, 2, and 3pm. Advance reservations are strongly recommended, and guests are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior before their tour entry time for check-in. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the ticket link or by calling (717) 392-4633. Ticketholders are encouraged to bring their printed tickets on paper or ready to scan on an internet-enabled device for check-in.

Performance Program Tour

October 5, 2019 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Tours at 1, 2, & 3pm Members FREE | Adult (18+) $15 | More Price Points Available