Buckhannon, W.Va.’s motto is "The Promise of Tomorrow with the Dignity of Yesterday." The town is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC), which was established in 1890. WVWC and its beautiful Georgian-style campus bring 1,500 students to Buckhannon each year. The historic Pringle Tree, home to the first white settlers in central West Virginia, also is located here.
Buckhannon was included in Norman Crampton's book, “The Top 100 Best Small Towns in America” and it’s easy to see why. Unique restaurants, including CJ Maggies
, Market Bistro, Sir Charles Inn
and 88 Restaurant, combine with beautiful architecture, picturesque streetscapes and small-town charm to make Buckhannon a must-visit location. Main Street is lined with flowers and filled with shops featuring wares from local artists, antique dealers and talented crafters. Stop for coffee at the Daily Grind or take in a musical performance or theatrical production at WVWC’s new $7.2 million Virginia Thomas Law Center for Performing Arts.
Just a short, 12-mile drive from Buckhannon is the West Virginia Wildlife Center, a modern zoological facility displaying native and introduced state wildlife. Buckhannon is situated close to three state parks, Audra
, Stonewall Resort
and Holly River
The West Virginia Strawberry Festival is held in Buckhannon each May in celebration of the strawberry harvest. Enthusiastic volunteers provide good, family-style entertainment that offers something for everyone. Enjoy the fun and thrills of a carnival or take a leisurely stroll through arts and crafts exhibits, a quilt or photography show or the souvenir shop. The event also features a band competition, car show, strawberry auction, Friday night and Saturday night block parties and two parades. Friday night’s Fireman’s Parade is packed with more than 100 vehicles, including fire trucks and emergency squads. Saturday’s Grand Feature Parade includes bands and marching units from across the United States and Canada.
Billed as “West Virginia’s Largest Yard Sale,” this three-day event draws thousands of shoppers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, as well as those from throughout the state. The number of registered vendors increases each year, so there is no end to the bargains and treasures you can find. The sale is typically scheduled for the first weekend in August.
Every fall, WVWC welcomes its alumni back to Buckhannon during the Homecoming Celebration. A wide range of activities bring together alumni, friends and students who can connect, reconnect, reminisce and celebrate what it means to be a “Bobcat.”
Upshur County Development Authority officials say they have the “poster child” project for Industrial Access Roads. The recently completed Weatherford Access Road helped four separate businesses either expand in or relocate to Upshur County.
Major industries include wood processing, oil and gas, agriculture, specialty manufacturing and health care. Major employers include Alcon, Ashland Sales and Service, McJunkin, St. Joseph Hospital, Alleris, Saint Gobain-SEFPRO aka Corhart, SW Jack Drilling Co., Weyerhaeuser, West Virginia Wesleyan College and WV Split Rail.