Near the main crossing point of the James River along the Wilderness Trail, the town of Buchanan was established on the south side of the river in 1811. Located near the base of Purgatory Mountain at a bend in the James River was Looney's Ferry, the earliest known ferry crossing in the region.
Town of Buchanan Today
Nestled within the steep slopes of Purgatory Mountain and Cove Mountain, the Town of Buchanan is an attractive place to live, shop and stroll. You are invited to peel back layers of history in downtown Buchanan where treasures from the past and present await your discovery. Downtown Buchanan contains the area's highest concentration of historic homes, stores and churches making up the area's largest, National Register Historic District. Buchanan's downtown is home to many civic and cultural events including the Fire Department's annual, week long, Fourth of July Carnival, October's, Mountain Magic in Fall Bluegrass Antiques and Crafts Festival as well as the Christmas Season's, Twilight In Buchanan Holiday Extravaganza.