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Buckhannon, West Virginia

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The county seat of Upshur County, Bucknannon, WV was established in 1816 and chartered by the Virginia Assembly in 1852. Named by the first white settlers for Buck-on-go-ha-non, renowned Delaware Indians chief, as the chieftain's favorite hunting grounds were located near the present site of the city.

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Buckhannon, WV

Buckhannon, WV is located about: 17 miles east of Weston, WV; 22 miles southeast of Philippi, WV; and 30 miles south of Clarksburg, WV.


Audra State Park
Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park
Watters Smith Memorial State Park


Radio Stations

WBUC (AM 1460) : WVPW (FM 88.9) : WVWC (FM 92.1, Educational) : WBTQ (FM 93.5) : WBRB (FM 101.3)

History: The first radio station in Buckhannon, WV, WBUC-AM, went on the air in 1959.


Upshur County Public Library


Public Schools
Upshur County Schools

Colleges and Universities
Buckhannon is the location of West Virginia Wesleyan College.



180px-Buckhannon_West_Virginia.gif Map of Buckhannon, WV showing streets and highways, and nearby airports, parks, hospitals, buildings, churches, cemeteries, trails and more; with link to driving directions.

Topo map of Buckhannon, WV and vicinity

Census Data

Population 5,725 (2000 Census)


Elevation: 1433 feet
Longitude: -80.9039
Latitude: 39.492

Early Settlers of Buckhannon, WV

In the early 1760s brothers John and Samuel Pringle deserted their military posts in northern Virginia and proceeded up Tygart River to the mouth of the Buckhannon River, and up the latter stream until they came to the mouth of Turkey Run, three miles below the present-day site of Buckhannon. Here, they took abode in the hollow cavity of a large sycamore tree. In 1767, John journeyed to the South Branch for ammunition. When he returned, he brought news of the close of the French and Indian War, which had occurred nearly five years before.

Variant Name(s) for Buckhannon, WV

Buchanon, Buckhannon Town, Buckwheat, Bush Fort