The home of Pennsylvania’s only U. S. president: Not far by car



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James Buchanan was the 15th President of the U.S.A. and the only one to hail from the state of Pennsylvania. You can tour his historic house on February 17th for the Lancaster County Historical Society’s Wheatland’s Presidents Day living history experience. This article gives you an overview of what you will see and learn on the tour.

Buchanan’s birth place, located in Franklin County’s Cove Gap, is a state park open to the public. The original log cabin where he was born now resides at Mercersburg Academy, but in its place now stands a monument built in 1907 as stipulated in the will of his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston.

But why is the monument honoring Buchanan a pyramid and not a large boulder sourced from the slopes of Cove Mountain as was suggested in Harriet’s will? Does it have anything to do with the fact that James Buchanan is one of the fourteen U.S. President’s known to have been Freemasons?

Click here for more info on the park.

Nearby in Mercersburg you can also find the James Buchanan Hotel, Pub and Restaurant

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