Wheatland Architecture in Lancaster, PA

May 17, 2012 | Category: Downtown Lancaster, Travel | Posted by: Sarah

James Buchanan's Wheatland PlaceOne of the most famous of all late Federal period houses in Lancaster County is Wheatland, the residence of James Buchanan, Pennsylvania’s only United States President. Buchanan lived there from the late 1840′s until his death in 1868.

The symmetrical facade with high, flanking wings is a sophisticated, but understated design. Characteristics of late Federal style include the large scale six-over-six window sash, the bold fanlights over doorways, and the plain cornice moldings. Influence of the Classical Revival is seen in the entry portico with its roof supported by paired Tuscan order columns. Both the floor plan and interior woodwork at Wheatland represent one of the most intact examples of the period in Pennsylvania.

Head over to Wheatland on your next trip to Lancaster, and step inside the stately home of President James Buchanan and explore the rooms, stairwells and stories where secrets and details of his political and personal life intersect.  Docents in period clothing bring history to life as you walk through Wheatland, beloved home of our nation’s 15th President.

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  1. Judie Bistline - volunteer docent for 10 yrs
    on August 4th, 2012

    When I volunteered here every Saturday while also holding a full-time job, I was glad for a reason to learn about history and travel back in time to a period that I very much appreciated and still do to this day. I also learned some of the true facts about President Buchanan and got an insight into his life and times and where our country was at that moment in history.
    Thanks so much

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