James Buchanan ? ? ? The Early Years

James Buchanan ? ? ? The Early Years (HM13T6)

Location: Mercersburg, PA 17236 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 52.27', W 77° 57.222'

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"It is a rugged but romantic spot, and the mountain and mountain stream under the scenery captivating. I have warm attachments for it . . . "
James Buchanan on Stony Batter

The Buchanans enjoyed living on the edge of the wilderness. Just across the mountains was the western frontier. Pack trains of up to 15 horses stopped here daily and were young James' link to the wilder-ness. He saw packhorses from the west load-ed with whiskey and the furs of wolf, bear, panther and beaver. He saw freight wagons from the east filled with farm tools, cloth and salt. These were exciting times for a young lad. The unbroken forest lay at his doorstep, providing endless opportunities for adventure. Some even say James' mother tied a bell on him to prevent losing him among the rocks and brush of Tuscarora Mountain.

When James was six years old, he moved from the deep woods to the civility of nearby Mercerburg, where his father owned a store. He began his education under the tutelage of his mother and later attended Old Stone Academy in Mercersburg. At age 16, James entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. Although he struggled at times to conform to the formal setting of the college, he graduated with honors in 1809. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Lancaster, Pa., then the capital of the state, to further his studies, become a lawyer and begin his political career.
HM NumberHM13T6
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 247379 N 4417634
Decimal Degrees39.87116667, -77.95370000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 52.27', W 77° 57.222'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 52' 16.20" N, 77° 57' 13.32" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2287-2301 State Forest Rd, Mercersburg PA 17236, US
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