What Is A "Living History" Tour?

Since we often receive this question at LancasterHistory.org, we want to provide you with a thorough explanation of the two unique tour experiences we offer to visitors to President James Buchanan's Wheatland!

The first experience is our Standard Wheatland Tour. On a Wheatland Tour, visitors explore the mansion with a seasoned and knowledgeable tour guide who shares historic stories and facts about President James Buchanan, his politics, his family, and his home. This in-depth tour takes approximately 50 minutes, as visitors visit both the first and second floor of James Buchanan’s 19th-century mansion with their guide. (Please note that visitation of the 2nd floor requires the visitor to climb a flight of stairs.)

On a “Living History” tour, visitors experience an immersion in history! Costumed historic reenactors populate various mansion rooms, and share history through first-person “living” portrayals of historic characters, including President James Buchanan, his family, and his friends. At times, visitors are drawn into the action as participants, and at other times they have the opportunity to witness history in action as an observant “fly on the wall.” Most “living history” experiences include an historic tour of the mansion’s second-floor bedchambers, given by one of our knowledgeable tour guides. (Please note that visitation of the 2nd floor requires the visitor to climb a flight of stairs.)

If you have further questions about Standard House tours and "Living History" tours, don't hesitate to contact us at 717-392-4633!

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