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Being Home in Buckhannon

Buckhannon was named after the river, which might have been named after John Buchannon, a 1780s missionary. Others contend that the river was named after Buckongahelas, a Lenape Chief ally of the British during the Revolutionary War. No matter its namesake, Buckhannon was considered a finalist in consideration to become our state's capital in 1866, but legislators agreed that the size of the river was not big enough for intensive commerce. Today, Buckhannon is big enough to sustain a collection of locally-owned places and host annual festivals, small enough to feel intimate, and wild enough to always feel nestled in the mountains. See if Buckhannon has enough of what you need at these places:


  • CJ Maggie's on Main St

  • The Donut Shop - Donuts and pepperoni rolls that I buy after every house inspection, being about twice per year.

  • Mama Roma - comfort Italian food

  • Miss Piggies BBQ 

  • The Social Bar and Grilled Cheese 

  • Dough Re Mi bakery

  • Mexican restaurants: Don Paco and Las Trancas


  • Farmers Market at Jawbone Park on Madison St in Buckhannon - June-Oct, Wednesdays from 8am-1pm, Fridays from 4pm-8pm, Sundays from 1pm-4pm

  • Farmers Market at 315 Railroad Ave in Elkins - May-Oct, Saturdays from 8am-12pm 

  • Festival Fridays at Jawbone Park - June-August - art, treats, free music - What kind of treats are we talking here?

  • 1-hour drive, we have Thomas, WV and Davis, WV - twin towns known for inspiring art galleries, breweries, eateries, and incredible outdoors nearby, including Blackwater Falls State Park. I'm telling you, the art is world-class, and the swimming holes and diversity of hiking trails really stand-out. I would rank Thomas, WV as my all-time favorite town in the US, just above Steamboat Springs, CO.

  • Strawberry Festival mid-May

  • Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins late-Sept - early-Oct

  • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - 20-minutes away in Weston, WV for ghost tours - April - mid-November

  • Stone Tower Brews - coffee, food, beer


  • Within 1- to 1.5-hour drive, we have the Monongahela National Forest; including, Dolly Sods Wilderness, Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob, Cranberry Glades

  • Float on the Buckhannon River to the Middle Fork River

  • Audra State Park
  • Hiking Trails behind St Joseph's Hospital