"Buckhannon, Upshur County, West Virginia" Buckhannon by Stephen-KarenConn

Buckhannon Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 8 photos

Buckhannon. a town of about 7,500 people, is the seat of Upshur County, West Virginia along the Buckhannon River. It is is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College and the annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival, held every year during the third week of May. The town is in north-central West Virginia, about 110 miles northwest of the capital city of Charleston.

Buckhannon was named by local white settlers for Buckongahelas, a renowned chief of the Lenape (Delaware) during the Border War. The chief's favorite hunting grounds were located near the present site of the city.

My earliest memories of Buckhannon involve Jay Rockefeller, of the rich and famous New York Rockefeller family, coming to this town to serve as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1972. I was living in southern West Virginia at the time, and Jay had just lost his first bid to become Governor of the state. It seemed a win/win situation to me. West Virginia Wesleyan got a Rockefeller, and perhaps even a bit of his money and Jay landed a job from which he could launch his second bid for the governorship.

Jay won the election second time around, and after his term as governor was up, he became a United States Senator from West Virginia - a position which he still holds to this day.

  • Last visit to Buckhannon: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 17, 2006
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Very excellent introduction, Stephen. I sure like the mural. Where's a courthouse [grin]. Love your small town tips.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2006 at 7:19 AM

    you know i love reading about small town americae - thanks. and good luck on your quest.

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2006 at 7:39 PM

    How wild to find a page on Buckhannon. I lived in Clarksburg in 1976 and know Buckhannon very well.

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