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Wheatland, Home of President Buchanan - Lancaster PA

Wheatland was built in 1828 by William Jenkins, a local lawyer and bank president. The mansion is Federal style with a middle section and two wings, two main floors, an attic and a basement.


James Buchanan purchased the house along with 22 acres near Lancaster, PA in 1848. He lived in the home with his niece, Harriet Jane Johnston and nephew, James (Buck) Buchanan Henry.


In 1856, James Buchanan became the 15th President of the United States. It was hoped that he would calm the disputes between the North and South over slavery. In March 1861, Mr. Buchanan retired to Wheatland. He was the only President who never married.


There are two remaining outbuildings, the privy which is divided into two rooms - one has 5 seats and the other 3 and the smoke/ice house.


Located at: Wheatland, 1120 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, PA.


President James Buchanan statue located in Buchanan Park. Lancaster.


President James Buchanan is buried in Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, PA. Mr. Buchanan was born on 4/23/1791 in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA and died at the age of 77 on 6/1/1868 in Wheatland. It is said that 20,000 people attended his funeral as a show of his popularity.


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