Explore Living History Camps, witness the Battle of Buchanan, explore Suttler’s Row, enjoy a Fashion Show, Civil War Ball, period Church Service and more. Check the Events page for more details.
Rediscover small town America while exploring Buchanan, Virginia. Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains while you explore more than two hundred years of history. Discover a vibrant downtown where shopping meets outdoor adventure.
Whether you are antiquing along Main Street, paddling down the James River, exploring Civil War history, hiking the Appalachian Trail or peddling the U.S. Bicentennial Bicycle Route, you will find yourself immersed in natural beauty and history.
Nestled within the steep slopes of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains, Buchanan has been a natural stopping point for travelers since the 1700’s. Whether you are planning an afternoon shopping spree, or, a weekend get away, include Buchanan as part of your itinerary.
Capture the true American spirit. Check our Calendar of Events, Accommodations, and shopping opportunities for a well rounded visit. While you are here, be sure to walk our Swinging Bridge, it is the only one to cross the James River. Enjoy the beautiful vantage point of the James River and surrounding mountains as you stroll across the bridge.
Shop, stroll and dine along Buchanan’s historic Main Street where more than 200 years of history comes to life. Recognized for its blend of historic buildings dating from the early 1800’s through the 1950’s, Buchanan’s Main Street is home to general stores, specialty shops, antique shops, art galleries, Inns, restaurants, banks, a pharmacy, shops featuring primitives as well as hand painted furniture, a hardware store, a RV Center, a Farm Supply Store, a Book Store and even the historic Buchanan Theatre.
History buffs will want to explore the Town’s four Virginia Civil War Trail markers to discover the Town’s role in the war between the states. Visit Hunter’s Raid website for more details.
Sporting enthusiast will enjoy the opportunity to fish and paddle along the Upper James River Water Trail as it winds its way right through the heart of downtown. Others may wish to pedal along the US Bicentennial Bicycle Route 76 while others may wish to watch the leaves change along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Appalachian Trail, or, horseback ride on the Glen Wilton Trail. All are literally within minutes of Main Street. The Town’s central location provides easy access to nearby attractions such as three Botetourt County Wineries, Natural Bridge, VMI and Lexington, the Roanoke City Farmer’s Market and Center in the Square, as well as, the Peaks of Otter and the D Day Memorial in Bedford.
For a great adventure contact the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program at 540- 254-1212 extension 4.
The Town of Buchanan thanks the following for their support; National Endowment Commission for the Arts and Virginia Commission for the Arts Local Government Challenge Grant, the Virginia Department of Forestry Trees for Clean Water Grant, the Botetourt County Capital Improvement Incentive Fund.
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