Visit Us is your comprehensive history center for Lancaster County history!


The Campus of History

Visit the park-like setting on the ten-acre Campus of History featuring the historic grounds and gardens of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, the Louise Arnold Tanger Arobretum, and the award-winning, and environmentally-sustainable headquarters of

At the Campus of History, you can visit the Exhibit Galleries, conduct research in the Research Library, shop at The Museum Store, and attend our many events (many of which are at low cost or free!).

President James Buchanan's Wheatland

Learn about the life and legacy of James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, and the family he raised at his beloved home, Wheatland. On the Square

We invite you to stop by our museum store and gallery at 4 W. King Street, in Lancaster, PA.  The store carries locally made contemporary and folk art and seasonal items. A small gallery on-site is currently exhibiting, Digging Lancaster, which features a look at the historical archaeology of Lancaster and the various techniques that archaeologists use to learn about the history of our county. 

Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site

While this historic site is not currently open to the public, visitors may get a glimpse of a part of the inside of the building and view the interpretive panels which are located in the Vine Street Entrance Lobby of the Lancaster County Convention Center

For more information, we encourage you to check out these links:













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 If you have any questions about or in purchasing your tickets in advance, please call 717-392-4633 to speak with a Visitor Services Associate. 

Our Blogs

The History Bucket


Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking


The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog


Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past nine years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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