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Living History Programs

First Saturday Living History at Wheatland
Occurring on the first Saturday of the month from March through October, the Living History at Wheatland program consists of a series of interactive and engaging glimpses into the life and times of President James Buchanan and his family. Actors bring to life the people who lived here and the history of the site.

Encampments's Campus of History is home to two living history encampments each year.  The Civil War Encampment is held annually in the fall and the World War II Encampment is held every spring.


Sat May 06 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Living History at Wheatland

The Arrest of An American Dictator: William Walker

Illustration of William Walker.Join us as we embark upon a journey that will transport you back to 1857 and 1858. President James Buchanan and Secretary of State Lewis Cass will discuss intelligence and strategy to capture the freebooter William Walker and his private army that invaded Nicaragua. Visitors will then experience and learn of the challenges faced by United States Senate who will debate Walker's invasion, as well as U.S. Navy Commodore Paulding's subsequent arrest of Walker. By arresting Walker, did Paulding violate neutrality laws? Experience the debate and learn of Walker's fate in this May's Living History at Wheatland!

The Living History at Wheatland program, The Arrest of An American Dictator, takes place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 with tours on the hour starting at 12pm and the last starting at 3pm. Standard tours of Wheatland are also offered at 10am and 11am ONLY. Click the link below or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets. Advanced tickets strongly recommended as Living History tours do often sell out and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Your tickets also include admission to the exhibition galleries.


 What is the difference between a "Living History" tour and a Standard Wheatland tour?

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