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Explore Wheatland at Your Own Pace on July 29

On Saturday, July 29 from 1-3pm, visitors to President James Buchanan's Wheatland can explore the mansion at their own pace. Tour guides will be stationed throughout the presidential mansion to provide insightful historical information to guests. Tour entries are available every 15 minutes from 1-3pm. Admission tickets also include admission to the museum galleries. Regular, guided tours of the mansion are still available on Saturday the 29th at 10am, 11am, and 12pm only.

Advanced reservations are recommended as tours often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed. To reserve your tickets, please click the button below.

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African-American Heritage Walking Tours Offered
August 5

Learn about Lancaster's abolitionists, Underground Railroad agents, religious leaders, and entrepreneurs as you visit 12 historical sites and properties with African-American heritage.  Visit sites such as: bounty hunters' offices, Black businesses on Penn Square; site of the Elite Hotel; Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site; Trinity Lutheran Church; Lancaster County Courthouse; Saint James Episcopal Church; site of the Lancaster Train Station; Shreiner­ Concord Cemetery; Fulton Hall/Old Jail; and Central Market.

TOUR INFORMATION: Two tours will be offered on Saturday, August 5 at 11am and 2pm.  Tours depart from the Lancaster City Visitor Center at 38 Penn Square in Lancaster.  Tours are safe & easy and take 60-­90 minutes (comfortable walking shoes recommended).  No reservations needed. Tickets only available at the Lancaster City Visitor Center on tour days.  For more information, please contact Randy Harris (717-808-2941) or Leroy Hopkins (717-224-7030).

Buchanan's life as a gentleman farmer the focus of August's Living History at Wheatland

He’s been a Congressman, a Senator, an ambassador, and Secretary of State, overseeing the settlement of our northern and southern borders.  Now James Buchanan is a gentleman farmer and maintains - at least outwardly - that his public life is over.  It’s not, of course.  Nevertheless, he finds the life of a squire to be quite appealing, and receives visitors from far and wide who come to pay their respects to Pennsylvania’s elder statesman.  With his niece, Harriet Lane, and nephew, James B. Henry, at his side, Buchanan welcomes a few out-of-town guests at August's Living History at Wheatland, including Connecticut State Senator Isaac Toucey and his wife Catherine Nichols Toucey.

Living History tours featuring Wheatland: The Early Years begin on the hour, starting at 12pm with the last tour at 3pm.  Advanced reservations are strongly recommended as tours do fill up and walk-in space is not guaranteed.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour so you may have ample time to check in. Tickets also include admission to the exhibition galleries.

Click here to learn the difference between a "Living History" tour and a Standard Wheatland tour.

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Upcoming Events

Downtown Lancaster: Dynamic Through The Decades
New Exhibition at On The Square (4 W. King St.)

African-American Heritage Walking Tours
Saturday, August 5
Tours at 11am & 2pm
Tours depart from 38 Penn Square, Lancaster

Wheatland: The Early Years
Living History at Wheatland
Saturday, August 5
Tours from 12-3pm

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