Main Street, Buckhannon, West Virginia
Image by J. Stephen Conn
Buckhannon. a town of about 7,500 people, is the seat of Upshur County, West Virginia along the Buckhannon River. It is is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College and the annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival, held every year during the third week of May. The town is in north-central West Virginia, about 110 miles northwest of the capital city of Charleston.
Buckhannon was named by local white settlers for Buckongahelas, a renowned chief of the Lenape (Delaware) during the Border War. The chief’s favorite hunting grounds were located near the present site of the city.