Purgatory Mountain     WELCOME TO BUCHANAN, VIRGINIA  “Where Main Street meets the mountains”

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s “An Evening In Buchanan” a success. Thank you to our sponsors; San Mar Co, Twin River Outfitters, Botetourt Funeral Home, Austin Electric, Our Insurance Options, Mid State Equipment and Bank of Botetourt. Thank you to the Antique Auto owners who displayed their autos, thank you to our businesses who offered great buys and prizes for the Buchanan Coupon Book, thank you the Fincastle Herald for covering this event, thank you to our volunteers who operated the many booths, and, thank you to the hundreds of visitors who filled out streets with family, friends and good times.  Simply love Buchanan, VA…

Small-town Living Featured

Buchanan is the featured community profile in the August edition of Roanoke Business Magazine. Find the article on page 30.


Roanoke Bagel Company – 640 Lowe Street – Across from the Boat Ramp

The Swinging Bridge Café – 19746 Main Street – Across from Bank of Botetourt


Brink of the James Bistro; 19854 Main Street – COMING SOON – At the corner of Main Street and Lowe Street near the Swinging Bridge

144Rediscover 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 adventures.

Weather 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.

010Capture 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, indoor golf, 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 an historic Theatre www.buchanantheatre.com. 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. www.huntersraid.org

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. www.upperjamesriverwatertrail.125  Others may wish to peddle along the US Bicentennial Bicycle Route 76 while others may wish to cruise 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 www.botetourtwinetrail.com,  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.

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