Buckhannon is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, just two hours fifteen minutes south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and one hour forty-five minutes north of Charleston, West Virginia. Buckhannon is readily accessible by interstate highway. Located within ninety minutes of Buckhannon are numerous ski resorts, state parks, national forests and whitewater rafting opportunities.

Via Wikipedia: The history of Upshur County begins with the settlement of the Buckhannon River Valley. Brothers Samuel and John Pringle were English soldiers serving in the French and Indian War (Seven Years’ War) who, in 1761, deserted their post at Fort Pitt (present-day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). They traveled southward and upstream along the Monongahela and Tygart Valley rivers, continuing up what is now called the Buckhannon River. They were said to have arrived in present-day Upshur County in 1764 and took up living in a huge hollow of an American sycamore. They lived there for three years, living off game and fish. Finally one went out for more ammunition and found the war was over. After his return, they moved to the South Branch settlements. John later went to Kentucky, but Samuel returned to the river valley with his new wife Charity Pringle (née Cutright), her brother John Jr., friends Thomas Hughes, and John and Elizabeth Jackson with their sons George and Edward. (Edward was the grandfather of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.)


The City of Buckhannon was established on January 15, 1816, named after the river. Some accounts say both are named for Chief Buckongahelas of the Lenape tribe, others that they are named after early missionary John Buchannon. The city was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1852. Buckhannon was part of the Commonwealth of Virginia until the secession of West Virginia on June 20, 1863 during the American Civil War. Because of its near-central geographic location, Buckhannon was long considered a prospective site for the capital. In 1866, the legislature approved a bill including Buckhannon among the choices for capital, but officials decided the river was not wide enough to accommodate desired commerce.


The first courthouse was built in 1854. It also served as an opera house and town hall. Electricity was installed in 1891 to replace oil lamps. The building suffered fire damage in the first six months of electrical service. It was razed in 1898. In its place, a Classical Revival style courthouse, designed by Charleston architect Harrison Albright, was begun in 1899 and completed in 1901. It is still in use today. An annex of the same style was added in 1995. In the cornerstone of the main building is a time capsule filled with turn of the 19th century artifacts.

Buckhannon’s population is estimated at 5,657

Median Household Income
Buckhannon’s median household income is estimated to be $30,833

Housing Information
Buckhannon’s median housing value is estimated to be $132,800, with a total of 2,171 housing units.

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215 Wood Street Buckhannon, WV 26201
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3 beds 1 bath 1,009 sqft $79,000
2818 Abbott Road Buckhannon, WV 26201
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3 beds 2 baths 2,042 sqft $74,900
22 RED ROCK Road Buckhannon, WV 26201
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3 beds 2 baths 2,270 sqft $225,000
6759 Old Elkins Road Buckhannon, WV 26201
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3 beds 1 bath 1,613 sqft $129,900
6 Elias Street Buckhannon, WV 26201
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2 beds 2 baths 922 sqft $72,000
2106 SPRUCE FORK Road Buckhannon, WV 26201
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3 beds 2 baths 2,380 sqft $225,000
165 KNOLLWOOD Drive Buckhannon, WV 26201
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6 beds 8 baths 7,599 sqft $949,900
105 Barbour Street Buckhannon, WV 26201
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3 beds 2 baths 2,162 sqft $130,000
2919 TETER Road Buckhannon, WV 26201
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3 beds 2 baths 1,680 sqft $197,500
1569 Brushy Fork Road Buckhannon, WV 26201
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3 beds 2 baths 1,436 sqft $125,000
38 Meade Street Buckhannon, WV 26201
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4 beds 4 baths 3,132 sqft $259,900
5807 Old Elkins Road Buckhannon, WV 26201
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5 beds 3 baths 3,117 sqft $345,000
1054 Wentz Ford Road Buckhannon, WV 26201
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2 beds 1 bath 320 sqft $34,900
65 GROVE Street Buckhannon, WV 26201
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3 beds 2 baths 1,415 sqft $199,000
22 PINNELL Street Buckhannon, WV 26201
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4 beds 2 baths 1,600 sqft $103,188

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Upshur County Schools

Buckhannon Schools

Academy Primary
PK-2, public
B-U Middle School
6-8, public
Buckhannon Upshur High School
9-12, public
Hodgesville Elementary School
PK-5, public
Tennerton Elementary School
PK-5, public
Buis Intermediate School
3-5, public
Washington District Elementary School
PK-5, public
Fred W Eberle Tech Center
PK-12, public
Union Elementary School
PK-5, public
Seventh Day Adventist School
2-5, private
Upshur County Christian Academy
1-4, 6-9, 12, private
Brushy Fork Adventist Christia
K-8, private
Buckhannon Academy Elementary School
PK-5, public
Brushy Fork Christian School
3-7, private

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