Visit Pennsylvania's Only President for Presidents Day

Do you know the name of the only U.S. president to call Pennsylvania his home state?


Although the Philadelphia area is packed with Revolutionary history and the executive mansion was in Philadelphia for a decade, the state of Pennsylvania has only had one native son take the Presidential oath of office.

James Buchanan was the 15th president of the United States of America.

“A Unionist and moderate Democrat, Buchanan won the presidential election in 1856, because voters held the futile hope that he could calm the bitter disputes between the North and South about slavery,” according to the National Park Service.

Buchanan lived his life in central Pennsylvania. He was was born in Mercersburg, Franklin County, and educated at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Cumberland County. He studied law in Lancaster, where he established his home of Wheatland on 22 acres.

If you want to visit Wheatland, you can do so on weekends starting this weekend with tours on the hour starting at 10 a.m. The last tour starts at 4 p.m. Public tours are offered on weekdays April through October with the same tour schedule.


230 North President Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603


  • Adults: $10
  • Seniors (65 and older) and Students: $8
  • Children 13 and younger: Free
  • Parking: Free
Nabob February 19, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Buchanan is universally regarded as the worst of all the US presidents. He did nothing to to quell the tensions with the south and in fact simply abandoned the office of the presidency once the war started. He was known as the do nothing president because he felt if he did nothing the whole situation would just go away. Once the bombardment of Fort Sumter started his simply left office although he didn't resign. A life long bachelor he lived out his later years with his male companion and is generally recognized as America's first gay president.


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