|James Buchanan Birthplace
James Buchanan was born at Stony Batter
in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on April 23,
In 1789, James Buchanan's father bought a
thriving trading post and surrounding land at
Cove Gap, a pass through the Allegheny Mountains
on the road between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Named for the ancestral Buchanan home in Northern
Ireland, Stony Batter was the future President's
home until his father moved the business to
Mercersburg (about 3 miles away) in 1796.
Right: This stone pyramid marks the
property that was once Stony Batter. Its
construction was made possible by the will of
Harriet Lane, James Buchanan's niece. Designed by
Wyatt & Nolting of Baltimore, Maryland, the
pyramid is 38 feet suare and 31 feet high.
Construction began in October 1907, and was
completed on November 15, 1907. The monument sits
within an 18.5-acre public park known as
Buchanan's Birthplace State Park.
When the cabin in which James Buchanan was born
was removed from its original site is unknown.
Originally taken to Chambersburg, it was moved to
Mercersburg in 1953, and it still graces the
campus of Mercersburg Academy today.
Buchanan's Birthplace State Park
Hamilton Heights Elementary School
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