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Wheatland (1828)


On our second day in Lancaster County PA, I visited Wheatland, the estate of President James Buchanan, which is in the city of Lancaster itself. Buchanan is usually considered one of the worst presidents, but he is the only president from Pennsylvania and his restored house is definitely worth a visit. It’s a Federal style house, built in 1828, which is furnished in the Victorian style to reflect the era when Buchanan lived there, from 1848 to 1868. I didn’t watch the introductory video, which had some info about Buchanan’s political career. Visitors are told to walk from the visitor’s center down to the house, where a guide wearing a hoop skirt period dress gave the tour, which focused on domestic issues rather than politics. Even if one is not thrilled by Buchanan himself, there is also the interesting story of the unmarried president’s First Lady, his niece Harriet Lane, who later inherited the house. The house is adjacent to the Lancaster County Historical Society, which has an exhibit gallery and a book store.

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Sagamore Hill (1884)

Sagamore Hill

Sagamore Hill, located near Long Island’s Oyster Bay, was the home of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Shingle-style Queen Anne House was built in 1884-1885, with the addition of a substantial “North Room” in 1905. Now a National Historic Site, Sagamore Hill is an example of a house which has survived intact with original furnishings and it really gives a sense of Teddy Roosevelt having just stepped out. I was able to visit the house on the same trip which brought me to the Whitman Birthplace and the President’s home was the main site I wanted to visit on Long Island. Yes, Theodore Roosevelt is one of my favorite historical figures (I also want to go on a tour of his reconstructed birthplace in Manhattan some time!) The house is on an estate which also included the home (see below) of the President’s son, General Theodore Roosevelt Jr., which is now the Old Orchard Museum and has exhibits presenting the life of TR. › Continue reading…

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