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James Buchanan's Wheatland by CivilWarTrails

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0.22 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 11, 2007
Date taken
Oct 10, 2007

In Lancaster County in June, 1863, the bridge over the Susquehanna was burned and the Confederates did not make it to Lancaster. James Buchanan’s home, Wheatland, was saved, as was little Franklin & Marshall College, and the city proper. Nor did the rebels prevail in the momentous battle in Gettysburg that some historians say tipped the scales in the Civil War.

The house was built in 1828 for William Jenkins, Esq. and named ‘The Wheatlands’ in honor of the surrounding vistas of waving grain fields. James Buchanan purchased the estate, consisting of the main dwelling and several outbuildings, from Philadelphia attorney William Morris Meredith in December 1848. At that time, the property included three tracts totaling 22.45 acres. Today, The James Buchanan Foundation retains about 4.25 acres, President Buchanan’s home, and three outbuildings (the Carriage House Visitor Center, privy, and smoke-ice house). Buchanan retired to Wheatland after his term as President of the U.S. finished in early 1861. He lived in the house until his death in 1868.

Panorama by Alan Chaffee Photography

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