James Buchanan Hotel, Pub and Restaurant

In 1796, James Buchanan Sr. purchased a large lot in Mercersburg, and built a two-story brick house to serve both as a home and place of business.

The Senior Buchanan moved his family into this location in 1797. After an early childhood life at “Stony Batter,” life in Mercersburg proved much more genteel and orderly. The community had only several dozen houses and was entirely Scottish.

Buchanan’s father opened a store, in what is now the Pub, and introduced young James to the problem of keeping things accounted for and in their proper places. By the time James was 10 years of age, his father was one of Mercersburg’s leading businessmen.

The Senior Buchanan’s Philosophy of life “The more you know of mankind, the more you will distrust them,” gave him the reputation of being a very “hard businessman” in the small community.

When Buchanan was sixteen he left Mercersburg to attend Dickinson College. The Buchanan home in Mercersburg later became “Hotel Mercer”.

The hotel at a later date was sold to J.O. Carson, and become the possession of the McAfee Bros. after their hotel burned. The Brothers refitted the two-story building and added an additional story for the hotel needs. After a few years the hotel was sold to C.W. McLaughlin.

During the McLaughlin years of ownership the present Pub area was fondly known as “The McLaughlin Drug Store” or “Jacks” Drug Store as all the locals knew it.

The Hotel is open to serve overnight guests, and the Pub is open five evenings weekly to accommodate our guests.

This Beautiful Property served as a Presidential Home & Historic Hotel. This amazing structure (Greek Revival) was the boyhood home of our 15th President, James Buchanan.

Today the Buchanan house is the James Buchanan Hotel, Pub & Restaurant.  The Pub & Restaurant is European in decor and Ambience.

The outdoor Courtyard is inviting and the aroma of “Queen of the Night” (Romanian summer flower) is so incredible…

Present owner-Innkeepers, Judy & Catalin (Cat) Bonciu purchased the historic hotel in 1988. James Buchanan Pub & Restaurant was established in the summer of 1993.

  • Property Size 9,600 Approx. Sq/Ft
  • Overnight Rooms & Suites 12
  • Bathrooms 14.5
  • Garage Oversized 2 Car
  • Lot Size 0.23 Acres
  • Year Built 1797
  • Patio
  • MLS ID: FL9887560
  • Whitetail Mountainside Real Estate
    Whitetail Mountainside Real Estate "Selling Local and Resort Properties"
    Judy Bonciu
    (301) 988-9832

    Tonja Hepner
    (304) 268-6323


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James Buchanan Hotel, Pub and Restaurant