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1120 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
717 392 8721
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Ranked #4 of 35 Attractions in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: WHEATLAND Step inside the stately home of President James Buchanan and explore the rooms, stairwells and stories where the secrets and details of his... more »
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Naples, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took our five grandsons to Wheatland for a day trip. Thought they would enjoy visiting the home of the only President from PA, Perfect day to visit Lancaster. The boys enjoyed the trip back to the mid 1850's and seeing how people lived during that time. The staff was very knowleagble on events of our former... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I can' t add anything new or different to the good reviews already posted here, but I did want readers to know that my husband and I are two more very satisfied customers. We would recommend the 10 min. movie and 1 hour tour to all our friends and family. We also took a walk and enjoyed the architecture in... More

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Freeland, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were visiting Lititz, PA and just prior to arriving, we found out about Wheatland and knew we had to stop here and are very glad we did. The folks in the reception center are extremely nice and helpful. Over at the mansion, our tour guide was a gentleman named Ken Rankin who was dressed in clothing from that era.... More

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New Jersey
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I watched the brief introductory film and took the guided tour of this property. The guide was pleasant, knowledgeable, and interesting, and she gave me a good insight into the personal and political life of James Buchanan. As one of the lesser-known presidents, the tour allowed me to gain insight into the issues prevalent during Buchanan's term in office which... More

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Covington, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We knew very little about Buchanan. Our docent gave a lively presentation with lots of interesting information while getting across the importance of President Buchanan in pre-civil history. Approximately 60% of the furnishings were owned by Buchanan. The grounds are a peaceful place with wonderful tall trees to sit under in what is basically a suburban neighborhood. Wheatland is associated... More

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I am surprised that the story of James Buchanan has not already been made into a blockbuster movie. It has all the elements: political intrigue, true love tragically lost, orphans adopted by their bachelor uncle. In the time before the Civil War, it has been said that President Buchanan did nothing.. the truth is... his laid back demeanor proved to... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We only had time to walk around the grounds of this lovely home. Next time we will go in and do the tour. The home and gardens are lovely. It is a tranquil beautiful area.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Period costume guide, extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. Did not rush our group and she knew her history. This was enjoyed by my son, daughter in law and husband as well.

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Clermont, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The history of the grounds and house of the 15th president was great but from the rude lady at the front desk we almost walked out. She acted like she was doing us a favor by letting us visit the place. The tour guide was the most pompous person I think I have ever met. He did more scolding than... More

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Dallas, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

James Buchanan is often referred to as one of the worst presidents in American history. He is overlooked in public education curriculum and seems to take a lot of history's heat for the impending Civil War. As a teacher, I know this firsthand. Wheatland was such a refreshing and enlightening experience. First, the staff was AMAZING! From the reception to... More

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