Yuletide at Wheatland

By on November 14, 2018

LancasterHistory.org’s Yuletide at Wheatland, returns on Nov. 19 and runs until Dec.29. Visitors to Yuletide at Wheatland will tour the presidential mansion and learn about the multi-layered history of the house and its occupants, as well as how Christmas celebrations changed over the course of 60 years in America between 1860 and 1920.

During Yuletide at Wheatland, visitors will learn about three distinct eras in the mansion’s history through three festively decorated period rooms: the 1860s, 1880s, and 1920s. These period rooms will take visitors from the year 1860, when President Buchanan celebrated a modest Presbyterian Christmas at Wheatland, into the late Victorian era, when Buchanan’s niece Harriet Lane Johnston owned the house and would have celebrated a classic Dickens’-style Christmas with her family, to 1920, when Wheatland was occupied by George B. Willson and his family and served as a space to celebrate a festive 20s Christmas reflective of the early-20th-century consumer culture in America.

A free holiday storytime will also be offered every Saturday in December at 11 a.m. Children will be introduced to historic themes and stories and read a holiday book aloud. After the reading, children are invited to stay for a holiday activity or craft inspired by the day’s theme or book. The program is designed for children ages 4 through 9, but all children are welcome. There is no cost to attend, but those interested are required to make advance reservations.

Tours of Yuletide at Wheatland are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wheatland and LancasterHistory.org are located at 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster. More details can be found, and tickets purchased, at LancasterHistory.org.

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