The Lancaster Pennsylvania home of James Buchanan, 15th president of the United States of America.
Wheatland; rear view
With this weekend marking our 17th wedding anniversary my wife and I planned a visit to Wheatland. James Buchanan, the only US president ever to be elected from our home state of Pennsylvania made this spacious mansion his final home. The home has changed little since Buchanan resided here and much of the furnishings are original. The hour long house tour is quite a bargain as one steps back into history.
Behind the mansion stands the facilities; the only brick outhouse I have ever seen!
A look inside shows that the "facilities" were built to accommodate persons of all sizes
Our little tour group paused at the rear service entrance for a group shot.
Feeling that this post required just one more shot my wife & I stopped in at Buchanan's Birthplace State Park near Mercersburg to photograph the monument erected there.
After serving a distinguished career in public life Buchanan's presidency, at a time when the country was being torn apart by the slavery issue, is viewed by historians as weak and ineffective. By trying to appease both sides of the thorny issue he succeeded in appeasing no one.