Buchanan, although a bachelor, had a large extended family who he was always willing to take in, like his niece, Harriet Lane. The house is nicely kept up and shows really well. They have a fair selection of both Buchanan's and Harriet's personal belongings and dishes (including china used in the White House).
The ground are also lovely, although, it was pouring while we were there, so we didn't get to explore much. The most interesting part outside that I saw was the outhouse - seriously! The original owner (who Buchanan bought it from) had a lot of kids and so created a children's and adult's portion and the children's portion has a variety of seat levels for smaller and larger kids! Quite fun!
Things to remember if taking a tour:
- They are all guided tours and start on the hour, so make sure to pay attention to time.
- They do have seasonal hours, so make sure to check that as well.
- This is pretty easy to find once you get to Lancaster, but you can call for directions if unsure.
- The house is on the same grounds with the historical society, so you'll have to pay attention to see where to start (you start in the gift store where you watch a video).
If you are in Pennsylvania, this is worth the time to tour.