• Wheatland: Home of President James Buchanan

    Come discover the warmth and hospitality of President James Buchanan's Wheatland. Tour guides share Buchanan’s family stories that reveal a stern, yet lovable bachelor uncle who raised orphaned nieces and nephews, cared for Lancaster’s widows and orphans and was a successful attorney.

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  • Welcome!

    Our ten-acre Campus of History features the historic grounds and gardens of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum, and the award-winning, and environmentally-sustainable headquarters of LancasterHistory.org.

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  • The Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum

    Spring has sprung! Enjoy the changing of the seasons and the appearance of new green across the grounds of LancasterHistory.org in the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum, home to a large variety of mature species of trees from around the globe.

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  • Apply Today

    Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are pleased to offer three research fellowship programs focusing on scholars, educators, and community instititutions. Apply today for a Fall/Winter Fellowship! (Deadline: July 31, 2016)

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  • The Annual Campaign for Lancaster County History

    It has been another year on the Campus of History, where the history of Lancaster County becomes accessible to all visitors to and residents of this amazing community. At the very heart of each moment of historic engagement lies your support of LancasterHistory.org; thank you!

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  • Purchase Award-Winning Book
    Purchase Award-Winning Book

    Ginger Shelley's most recent publication Lancaster County's One-Room Schoolhouses is available for purchase in store at The Museum Store at 230 N. President Ave. & 4 W. King St. in Lancaster. The book recently won the Country School Association of America's Award for Scholarship and Artistry.

  • African-American Heritage Walking Tours

    Learn about Lancaster's own abolitionists, underground railroad agents, religious leaders, and entrepreneurs as you visit 12 historical sites and properties with African-American heritage.

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Welcome to

LancasterHistory.org

Home of Lancaster County's Historical Society & President James Buchanan's Wheatland!

 

Hours of Operation

LancasterHistory.org is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm. 

Tours of Wheatland are available on the hour Monday to Saturday starting at 10am. The last tour of the day is 3pm. 

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President James Buchanan
President James Buchanan
Learn about the life and politics of President James Buchanan & First Lady Harriet Lane.
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Congressman Thaddeus Stevens
Congressman Thaddeus Stevens
Learn about "The Great Commoner," Lydia Hamilton-Smith, and the Underground Railroad.
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Join Us!
Make History Happen
Become a member of LancasterHistory.org today!
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Discover Your History
Discover Your History
Explore your family's, local, and nation's history.
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Esprit Quilt Collection
The Decorative Arts
Explore three centuries of art and history through the Richard C. von Hess Decorative Arts Center.
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Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
Make history and volunteer! A variety of positions are available for those aged 12 and up.
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