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  • 1Celebrating 200 Years of History... 18112011

    Buchanan, Virginia . . . . A Great Place to Live, Shop, Stroll & Dine!Town of Buchanan Revitalization Program - 540.254.1212 - P.O. Box 205, Buchanan, VA 24066 www.townofbuchanan.com

    BUCHANAN, VA.Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley Guide... now online at www.BuchananAreaGuide.com 2011-12 Edition

    Robert London (robert.london1@verizon.net)

    cover 4/20/2011 9:36 AM Page 1

  • 3WELCOME TO BUCHANAN, VAGateway To The Shenandoah Valley

    Winner of Virginias Valley Conservation Council Best Downtown Initiative Award

    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 quintes-sential example of small town America.

    Whether you are planning an afternoon shopping spree or a weekend getaway include Buchanan as part of your itiner-ary. Recognized for its blend of historic buildings, Buch-anans downtown is home to general stores, specialty shops, furniture, antiques, art galleries, B&Bs, Inns, restaurants, banks, a pharmacy and historic theatre. For sporting enthusi-ast downtown has access to the James River, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail.

    Buchanans Calendar of Events allow you to enjoy walk-ing tours, parades, monthly concerts, the Buchanan Civil War History Weekend, Antique Auto Cruise Ins, a Fourth of July Carnival with parade and fireworks, Mountain Magic In Fall Bluegrass, Antiques & Crafts Festival and a month long Christmas Celebration known as Twilight In Buchanan.

    Settled at the intersection of the Colonial Eras Great Valley Road and the James River, Buchanan has been an im-portant stopping point for travelers since its founding in 1811. In Colonial days wagons stopped in Buchanan to rest and gather provisions. George Washington stopped in Buchanan to gather troops in the eighteenth century and General Lee

    stayed in one of our hotels. Centered around the last leg of the James River and Kanawha Canal, Buchanan quickly became the center of commerce for the surrounding area. Buchanan was an important center of trade during the Civil War serving as a Confederate supply depot for the shipment of agricultural produce and pig iron to Richmond via the James River and Kanawha Canal. During the post Civil War Reconstruction Period, Buchanan became a stopping point for travelers on the newly completed Shenandoah Valley Railroad (Norfolk Southern) and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad (CSX). Tour-ist boarded carriages at the depots traveling to the Towns many hotels and businesses. With the 1900s advent of the auto downtowns businesses adapted once more to serve a wider distribution of customers. Travelers stopped to shop, dine and take in a picture show at the Theatre. Since the arrival of the I-81, Buchanan has become a popular stopping point for tourists traveling along I-81 north, or, south.

    Discover firsthand how Buchanan continues to be an at-tractive destination for travelers. For additional information contact the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program at (540) 254 - 1212 or check out our Towns web-site at www.townofbuchanan.com

  • 4Downtown Buchanan is capitalizing on its historic roots. Revitalization efforts have already generated more than 6.7 million dollars in historic preservation activities while breath-ing life into this once sleepy town. Bring the whole family as you explore Buchanan where treasures from the past and present await your discovery.

    Step back in time as you discover a treasure trove of mom and pop shops. More than forty businesses fill Buch-anans historic downtown and each offers a wealth of goods as well as personal services for your everyday needs.

    Main Streets quaint atmosphere encourages a leisurely pace. Enjoy brightly colored geraniums cascading from baskets and barrels while petunias and impatiens welcome shoppers. Copper storefronts, gleaming hardwood floors and soaring ceilings dressed in ornate pressed metal tiles de-light shoppers while standing as a testimony to earlier days. Merchants fill their shops and galleries with anything you can imagine, antiques, art, furniture and collectibles. Buchanans merchants specialize in the hard to find.

    Conveniently located from several of Virginias major highways or scenic by-ways downtown Buchanan is minutes

    away from major vacation destination points. Whether you are speeding along Interstate 81 as it passes through southwest Virginia, or enjoying a leisurely excursion along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Buchanans historic downtown is a natural stopping point. Buchanans Main Street coincides with U.S. Route 11. The Town centrally located twenty five miles south of Lexington and twenty five miles north of Roanoke. Buchanan is minutes away from attractions such as Natural Bridge, the Peaks of Otter, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail and the D Day Memorial.

    Buchanan may be reached by traveling U.S. Route 11. For those on the Interstate, Buchanan has convenient access at Exit 167 when traveling from north of the Town, or, Exit 162 when traveling from south of Town. Just fourteen miles from the Peaks of Otter, Main Street Buchanan is minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 90.9 (Park-way Drive).

    On your next trip, discover why tens of thousands of visi-tors flock to downtown Buchanan each year. To learn about our Calendar of Events and unique sites check our web site at www.townofbuchanan.com

    Shop, Stroll and Dine in Buchanan!

    Buchanans Historic District contains over 200 structures dating from the 1750s through the 1950s. The heart of this district is downtown where people have shopped, strolled and dined for two centuries.

    Downtown Buchanan offers quality shopping in a quaint historic setting.

  • 5l Framed Moss Prints l Cats Meow Customsl Custom Framing l Yankee Candlesl Moss Gift Items l Byers Carolers

    Were Here to Serve You!Annual Show Without Moss: Nov. 4, 5, 6, 2011(Free B&W with $50 and up Moss purchase at show.)

    Come Talk Moss With Us!

    Visit Apple Barn II Gifts In TroutvilleAlso Moss Dealer - Call 992-3551


    19781 Main StreetP.O. Box 1042

    Buchanan, VA 24066(540) 254-MOSS (6677)

    Ltd. Edition Prints/Giclees

    MountainMagicin Fall

    Bluegrass, Antiques & Crafts Festival

    Saturday, October 1stEnjoy a full day of

    Bluegrass Music & Country Dancing, an Antique Auto & Tractor Show,

    the Farmers Market, History Displays, Bateaux on the James River

    and more than 100 booth spaces displaying Antiques, Crafts & Food.

    Held amongst the backdrop of falls blaze of colors and

    historic Main Street.

    Join us for this distinctly Buchanan celebration.


    Join thousands as they flock to Buchanans Main Street on Saturday, October 6th for Mountain Magic In Fall Bluegrass, Antiques & Crafts Festival!

  • 6Water, Sewer and Garbage Collection - Buchanan Town Hall 254-1212: 19756 Main Street Town Building Permit & Zoning - Buchanan Town Hall 254-1212: 19756 Main StreetBuchanan Downtown Revitalization Program - 254-1212; Town Hall 19756 Main Street Dominion Virginia Electric Service - 1-888 667-3000Verizon Phone Service - 954-6888Mail Services - U.S. Post Office - 254-2178: 19698 Main StreetCable Television Shentel - 1877 743-8538 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad - 9-1-1 non - emergency number 254-1331 Botetourt Resource Center- 254-1468; 33 Lowe St.

    Town of Buchanan Fees - Personal Property Taxes $0.32 per $100.00Real Estate Taxes $0.19 per $100.00Tools and Machinery $0.10 per $100.00

    Business and Professional OperatorsLicense - $25.00 first yearBased on gross receipts thereafterDue February 15th.

    Permits & Utility Fees - Building Permits $50.00Sign Permit No FeeZoning Request $400.00Renters Water Deposit $100.00Water Hook Up $2,200.00 Sewer Hook Up $2,500.00

    Town ElectionsElections are held every two years on the first Tuesday of May. Elected officials are sworn in on July 1st.

    Town Churches Buchanan Baptist Church - 254-2253, Main St.Buchanan Presbyterian - 254-1390, Main St.Church of God In Christ - 254-1801, Main St.Faith Community Fellowship - 815-4916, Lowe St.First Baptist Church - 254-1083, Main St.Trinity Episcopal Church - 254-1574, Main St.Trinity United Methodist Church - 254-2475, Main St Valley View Baptist Church - 254-2760, Main St.

    Public SchoolsBuchanan Elementary - Grades Kindergarten through fifth: 254-2084; 255 Schoolhouse Road

    Central Academy Middle School - Grades six through eight: 473-8333; 367 Poor Farm RoadJames River High School - Grades nine through twelve: 254-1121; 9906 Springwood Road

    Buchanan Library - 254-1117;19795 Main Street

    U.S. Post Office - 254-2178; 19698 Main Street

    Medical PhysiciansCarillion Health - 254-1239: 18080 Main Street ChiropractorDr. Dorsett - 254-2249: 19568 Main StreetPharmacyRansones Drugs - 254-2904: 19771 Main Street

    Botetourt County Offices County Switchboard - 473-8220Treasurers Office - 473-8254Commissioner of Revenue - 473-8270 Sheriffs Department - 473-8230Clerk of Circuit Court - 473-8274 Museum - 473-8394Recreation Dept. 4738326Building Department 4738248Zoning Office 473-8320

    Welcome to Buchanan, Virginiafor Services contact:


    The Frame Shop & GalleryLocated on Main Street in Historic Downtown Buchanan

    Proudly Serving Our Community for 21 Years

    Open Mon., Wed., ThursFri., 10 - 5; Sat. 9 - 1


    Stop by and See Our Large Selection of CIVIL WAR ARTby Mort Kunstler and John Paul Strain

    Buchanan Florist

    Backwoods Country&am