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Did you know that Lancaster is home to the residence and final resting place of the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan?

Wheatland, the home of Buchanan from the time he left office in 1861 until his death in 1868, is a preserved marvel of architecture located just outside of Lancaster City. This beautiful home, built in the popular federal style, contains 17 rooms that have changed very little since the time of President Buchanan.

General Admission tours are open to the public and offered Monday – Saturday at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. To learn more about this wonderful vestige of American history, visit https://www.lancasterhistory.org/visit/.

Not far from Wheatland is the final resting place of President Buchanan. The gravesite, located in beautifully restored Woodward Hill Cemetery (538 East Strawberry Street, Lancaster City), is accessible to the public and may be visited from dawn til dusk everyday. The gravesite is immaculately cared for and is the location of a yearly ceremony to celebrate the birthday of President Buchanan.

If you are looking to visit a preserved piece of American history, while also honoring one of our nation’s leaders, take a day and tour historic Wheatland and the President’s gravesite. Just two of many examples of the rich history located right here in Central Pennsylvania!

 



The American Civil War was one of the darkest and most impactful events in American history. At the National Civil War Museum, located at One Lincoln Circle in Harrisburg, visitors have access to one of the most comprehensive collections of Civil War related materials in the world!

Original documents, artifacts, manuscripts, photos and more numbering over 24,000 items makes this museum a must-see for both Civil War buffs and admirers of historic preservation. The curators of the National Civil War Museum work tirelessly to showcase items that emphasize the “human side” of this terrible conflict and the impact the war had on the lives of average Americans. Letters from husbands to wives, photographs showing the catastrophic loss of life, along with mundane correspondence documenting the hardships of finding basic necessities in a suddenly turbulent world are all included in the museum’s vast archives. The curators also work hard to provide a balanced view of the war by working to limit bias towards either the Union or Confederate causes.

The scope of the information available at the National Civil War Museum is far too vast to summarize in one blog post. I would simply say, if you are interested in American history, then I strongly encourage you to visit this jewel of history located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania. Prepare for your visit by exploring the museum online.