Tuesday, October 6, 2015
James Buchanan's Wheatland in Lancaster Pennsylvania
We arrived at the Lancaster Historical Society around 10. The kind staff there immediately sold us a ticket for a tour about to start.
I wasn't exactly sure how this house tour would work, as I heard that you had to get your tickets at the visitor center, and then go to the house. I was thinking that Wheatland was several blocks away. It is literally right next door! DOH!
Our guide was informative and animated. She talked a lot about the norms and etiquette of the time. She talked about how young girls at social evens might send signals to the boys using their fans!
This was a very Civil War directed trip, and the Civil War was brought up a lot at this visit.
We were told that the Confederates had eyes on getting to the former President at Wheatland, and Union officers were stationed here.
AND, a very strange Civil War AND Kentucky connection occurs through Buchanan! His Vice President, John C. Breckinridge would become the Confederate Secretary of War!
This was a great home tour, in a great town, and I hope we make it back soon!