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POLICY UPDATE: All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a properly fitting face mask or covering while on-site at LancasterHistory. Please review our Health & Safety Protocols for Visitors for more information.
Open Wed – Sat, 9:30am – 5pm | Tours of Wheatland 10am – 3pm
Welcome back to Wheatland! Once again visitors can enjoy an in-person tour of the beloved home of 15th United States President James Buchanan. Learn about Buchanan and his “little family” that called the 1828 Federal-style mansion home. A knowledgeable tour guide will lead visitors through both floors of the mansion and help illuminate the life and politics of Buchanan. Tours Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10am – 3pm. Advance reservations recommended.
The Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s largest day of online giving, returns on Friday, November 19, 2021! For 24 hours only, visit extragive.org to make a donation online to LancasterHistory, and every dollar you donate to local organizations during the #ExtraGive will be stretched by least $500,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, presenting sponsors Rodgers & Associates and the High Foundation, as well as other community supporters.
Open Wednesdays – Saturdays. At LancasterHistory, you will learn about Lancaster County and its 300 years of fascinating history. From the extraordinary lives of 15th US President James Buchanan and abolitionist Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, to the struggles and triumphs of ordinary Americans, the Campus of History has stories, exhibitions, and learning opportunities for every visitor.
Tours November 24 – December 30, 2021.Visit LancasterHistory this holiday season to uncover what this festive time of year was like during the lifetime of President James Buchanan. From gift giving to trimming the tree, discover how Yuletide traditions developed throughout the mid-Victorian era in America. Tickets now available.
TheJames Buchanan Online Presidential Library is a digital repository of more than 3,500 items associated with James Buchanan, Harriet Lane, and James Buchanan Henry, extended family members, associates, and Wheatland, Buchanan’s home. Now available and free to access, users can search and view the digitized collection to examine the events that transpired during Buchanan’s presidency and gain a better understanding of how the United States responded to one of the most fraught periods in American history.
Limited-capacity, reservation-only appointments available Wednesdays – Saturdays. Let us help you discover your Lancaster County connection! From maps and microfilm to diaries and Civil War muster rolls, LancasterHistory’s Research Center has many documents and services that can help visitors with their scholarly or ancestral research. Our expert staff, with a combined 100 years of experience, are also available to help you.
Lancaster in the ’60s examines the issues of conflict, resolution, and protest against the backdrop of four pivotal decades—the 1660s, 1760s, 1860s, and 1960s—in Lancaster County’s history. Follow the stories of ordinary Lancastrians who lived through extraordinary times in LancasterHistory’s latest exhibition, Lancaster in the ’60s.
LancasterHistory’s Museum Store, located at 230 North President Avenue, offers unique and special home decorative items and books related to Lancaster County’s rich history. Stop by to view popular gift items, local folk art, and more.
View Historic Photographs of Lancaster
Photographs provide a window into the past. The visual images of Lancaster County are captured in more than 90,000 photographs housed in the photographic collections of LancasterHistory. A vast majority of our collection is digitized and available to view online for free.
Enjoy the changing of the seasons and beauty of nature in the Tanger Arboretum on the grounds of LancasterHistory! Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds and Arboretum while safely social distancing. The Tanger Arboretum is open to the public for free from dawn till dusk.
This October on our Instagram, we'll be focusing on death and mourning in the Victorian era and how some of Wheatland's most notable residents, like Harriet Lane, exhibited their grief. But first, learn more about Victorian mourning dress, the stages of such grief (and dressing), as well as what role fabrics played in grief in our latest blog entry! ow.ly/dxNT50GmZaT... See MoreSee Less
When discussing mourning dress, people generally think of the Victorian era more than any other era in history. Though it remained part of a person’s wardrobe for many years prior, the Victorian era...