One 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.