Don's PhotoJaunt 2003
James Buchanan Sites
This is the spot near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, where future president James Buchanan was born.
This is the actual cabin he was born in, although it is now on the campus of Mercersburg Academy.
Inside the cabin.
Buck spent his childhood here in this hotel in Mercersburg, in an upstairs apartment.
When he lived here the whole building looked like the right-hand portion of it does now. Mercersburg is a very nice town. You can see below a bit of the main street. Nearby is Mercersburg Academy; I figured it would be a little half-baked campus, but it isn't -- it has a chapel that rivals Westminster Abby (well, maybe not rivals, exactly, but it's large and nice). And you can drive around on campus for a half hour looking for Buck's cabin (well, maybe not a half hour, but ten minutes, anyway).
The Buchanan family was quite well-to-do, and his mother's family was rich. Her brother lived across the street; he had a daughter who was a life-long friend of Buck's, Harriet Lane. Since he was a bachelor (nowadays he would be considered to be homosexual; he lived with a fellow Senator for sixteen years, he never married, he attended parties with women, but went home by himself, as one contemporary puts it. Not that there's anything wrong with that; but Buchanan is the only openly (more or less) gay president we've ever had) Harriet became his first lady when he was president. They fought like cats and dogs; she would head off for Europe in a huff, then return a few months later. He treated her like his baby sister, opening her mail and telling her who she could be seen with. Etc., etc.
This is his niece's house, the Harriet Lane House.
I believe this house is being prepared to become a tourist attraction. Harriet Lane was a very prominent lady indeed. While in England she was a friend of Queen Victoria and was courted for a time by the Prince of Wales. She was instrumental in establishing the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and involved in many other worthy causes, including aid to the native Americans and popularizing their art.
As far as his presidency is concerned, Buchanan was a disaster. Everyone could see the Civil War coming, but he did nothing about it, and left Abraham Lincoln with a divided country to preside over.
In the 1850's Buchanan acquired this house, Wheatland, in Lancaster. He had two pet eagles in the yard. How about that!
I didn't go inside the house, because they don't allow photography. Anyway, as far as old houses go, if you've seen one you've seen them all.
This beautiful tree is located in the back yard at Wheatland . . .
. . . as was this jack-o-lantern. I believe they were preparing for a Halloween gala.
James Buchanan is buried in a cemetery in Lancaster.
Back at the park near Mercersburg where James Buchanan was born sits this funny-looking monument to his birth.
PhotoJaunt 2003 Intro |
Beacon Hill Area of Boston |
Boston Common |
Unitarian Universalist Association |
Massachusetts State House |
Adams Historic Park |
Boston Temple |
John F. Kennedy National Historic Site |
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum |
Acadia National Park |
Maine State Capitol |
New England in the Fall |
Town and Country Inn |
Vermont State House |
Chester Alan Arthur Birthplace |
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site |
Franklin Pierce Homes and Gravesite |
New Hampshire State House |
Rhode Island State Capitol |
New York State Capitol |
Hyde Park |
William J. Clinton Home |
New York City |
The Met |
Grant's Tomb |
George Washington Inauguration Site |
Unitarian Church of All Souls |
Theodore Roosevelt birthplace |
Sagamore Hill |
Woodrow Wilson Homes |
Grover Cleveland Home |
Amish Country |
James Buchanan Sites |
Eisenhower Home |
Lincoln Highway |
Washington DC Temple |
Mary Washington Home |
Washington Birthplace |
Ferry Farm |
Mount Vernon |
Appomattox Court House |
James Madison Home |
Highland, James Monroe's Home |
Poplar Forest |
FDR's Little White House in Georgia |
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