• 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!

    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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  • 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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  • The War Years: 1863

    Lancaster is in danger of invasion! Alarming news has reached Wheatland that the Confederate Army has invaded Pennsylvania. Step back in time to 1863 at Wheatland to find out how those there, including the former President, are handling this shocking news. Living History Tours of Wheatland available Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2016. Tour reservations strongly recommended.

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  • Fall Classes & Workshops

    LancasterHistory.org offers a varied roster of adult courses and workshops throughout the year. Begin to trace your family history with genealogy course offerings ranging from basic to advanced instruction, or learn how to utilize the internet for genealogy research in our fantastic Fall courses!

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  • The Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum

    It's summertime! 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, and an American Conifer Society Reference Garden.

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 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.

Please Note: LancasterHistory.org will be closing early on Tues, Aug. 30, 2016 at 4pm in preparation for a special event.

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The Decorative Arts
The Decorative Arts
Explore three centuries of art and history through the Richard C. von Hess Decorative Arts Center.
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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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Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
Make history and volunteer! A variety of positions are available for those aged 12 and up.
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Tour The Presidential Home
Tour The Presidential Home
Learn about the life and politics of President James Buchanan & First Lady Harriet Lane.
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Discover Your History
Discover Your History
Explore your family's, local, and nation's history.
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