Sunday, June 19, 2011



 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.


Les Barr said...

Since I'm a lover of Historic places to look around in, I've forgotten about this place in Lancaster. I was there once, but quite a long time ago. Found it really interesting to see. I've even forgotten just where it was, but that's not hard to find out. Must go back there sometime. Your right about the house and interior not changing from the years he was there. It's pretty much as it was so long ago. Good Post, Coy.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Very cool old house.

Montanagirl said...

Nice post, and quite informative! Love that mansion of a house!

Unknown said...

Wonderful that you could get out and do a tour of a historic place such as that. Informative post and as usual for you--wonderful photography


Melinda said...

That is definately some outhouse!

Chris said...

I lvoe the facilities ;-) That was very funny ;-) Nice post Coy!

Elaine said...

We love touring old houses like this. I'll definitely put it on our list of places to visit.

Meggie said...

Looks like a great idea for a field trip. Thanks for the idea, Coy!