About Buchanan

Nestled within the steep slopes of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains rests the Town of Buchanan, Virginia. Rich in history and natural beauty, Buchanan is the quintessential example of “small town America.”

The Town of Buchanan (Pronounced Buh-kan-an) is the largest incorporated town in Botetourt County, Virginia and part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Town’s population is 1,233 made up of 540 households consisting of 359 families. The Town consists of a total area of 2.5 square miles, of which, 2.4 square miles of it is land and 0.1 square miles of it (2.02%) is water.

The Town is governed by a Mayor and six Town Council Members and protected by the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department.

With more than sixteen years of concentrated downtown revitalization efforts using the “Main Street Principles,” the Town has experienced more than 7 million dollars of private sector investment to purchase and restore more than thirty buildings in the downtown historic district. The downtown and surrounding residential neighborhoods once again proudly represent the community’s dreams and aspiration. Since its’ inception, the Town’s downtown revitalization efforts have earned the community the following awards; “Best Downtown Initiative Award” from Valley Conservation Council, “Good Neighbor Award” for leadership in historic preservation from the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, Tree City USA designation, Urban Forestry Award from the Mountain Castle District Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, and, “Best Community Event Award,” and “Best