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Our Genealogy Helper for Buchanan ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Buchanan (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Buchanan. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Buchanan is located in Botetourt County.

To see how the shape of Virginia's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Botetourt County: Alleghany, Bedford, Craig, Roanoke & Rockbridge.

Below are the counties that are near Buchanan. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Buchanan:

  • Botetourt County     (The home county of Buchanan)
    • Springwood (3 miles [4.8 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springwood
      • Springwood lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springwood
    • Lithia (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lithia
      • Lithia lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lithia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lithia
    • Salt Petre Cave (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salt Petre Cave
      • Salt Petre Cave lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Salt Petre Cave. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
      • Salt Petre Cave has also been known as:
      • Salt Peter Cave
      • Saltpetre
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salt Petre Cave
    • Salisbury (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salisbury
      • Salisbury lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salisbury
    • Fincastle (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fincastle
      • Fincastle lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 341 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fincastle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fincastle<4>
    • Blue Ridge (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Ridge
      • Blue Ridge lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blue Ridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Ridge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blue Ridge<4>
    • Gala (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gala
      • Gala lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gala
    • Troutville (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Troutville
      • Troutville lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 430 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Troutville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Troutville<4>
    • Laymantown (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laymantown
      • Laymantown lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laymantown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laymantown
    • Haden (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haden
      • Haden lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Haden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haden
    • Daleville (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Daleville
      • Daleville lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Daleville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Daleville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Daleville<4>
    • Apple Tree Village (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apple Tree Village
      • Apple Tree Village lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Apple Tree Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Apple Tree Village
    • Cloverdale (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Alleghany County
    • Iron Gate (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Iron Gate
      • Iron Gate lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Buchanan and is located in Alleghany County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 352 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Iron Gate have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Iron Gate
    • Rich Patch (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rich Patch
      • Rich Patch lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Alleghany County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rich Patch
    • Clifton Forge (21 miles [33.8 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifton Forge
      • Clifton Forge lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Buchanan and is located in Alleghany County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,444 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clifton Forge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clifton Forge<4>
    • Low Moor (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest)
    • Selma (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Selma
      • Selma lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Alleghany County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Selma have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Selma
    • Griffith (23 miles [37 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Griffith
      • Griffith lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Buchanan and is located in Alleghany County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Griffith have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Griffith
    • Moss Run (29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moss Run
      • Moss Run lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Alleghany County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moss Run
  • Amherst County
    • Pedlar Mills (23 miles [37 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pedlar Mills
      • Pedlar Mills lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Amherst County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pedlar Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pedlar Mills
    • Pleasant View (24 miles [38.6 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant View
      • Pleasant View lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Amherst County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant View
    • Allwood (26 miles [41.8 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allwood
      • Allwood lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Amherst County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Allwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allwood
    • Forks of Buffalo (27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forks of Buffalo
      • Forks of Buffalo lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Amherst County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forks of Buffalo
    • Winesap (29 miles [46.7 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winesap
      • Winesap lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Amherst County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winesap
    • Alto (30 miles [48.3 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alto
      • Alto lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Amherst County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alto
    • Madison Heights (31 miles [49.9 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Madison Heights
      • Madison Heights lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Amherst County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Madison Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madison Heights
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madison Heights<4>
    • Amherst (34 miles [54.7 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amherst
      • Amherst lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Amherst County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,182 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amherst
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Amherst<4>
    • Lowesville (36 miles [57.9 km] to the east)
  • Augusta County
    • Steeles Tavern (37 miles [59.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Bath County
    • Carloover (29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carloover
      • Carloover lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Bath County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carloover
    • Millboro (31 miles [49.9 km] to the north)
    • Warm Springs (36 miles [57.9 km] to the north)
  • Bedford City
    • Bedford (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bedford
      • Bedford lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Buchanan and is located in Bedford City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,644 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bedford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bedford<4>
  • Bedford County
    • Montvale (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)
    • Villamont (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Villamont
      • Villamont lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Bedford County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Villamont
    • Chamblissburg (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chamblissburg
      • Chamblissburg lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Bedford County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chamblissburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chamblissburg
    • Joppa Mill (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Joppa Mill
      • Joppa Mill lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Bedford County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Joppa Mill
    • Lowry (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lowry
      • Lowry lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Buchanan and is located in Bedford County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lowry
    • Goode (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
    • Boonsboro (23 miles [37 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boonsboro
      • Boonsboro lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Bedford County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boonsboro
    • Moneta (23 miles [37 km] to the south)
    • Forest (24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast)
    • Radford (27 miles [43.5 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Radford
      • Radford lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Bedford County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Radford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Radford
  • Buena Vista City
    • Buena Vista (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buena Vista
      • Buena Vista lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Buena Vista City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,402 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buena Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buena Vista
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buena Vista<4>
  • Campbell County
    • Bedford Springs (27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bedford Springs
      • Bedford Springs lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Buchanan and is located in Campbell County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bedford Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bedford Springs
    • Powhatan (27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Powhatan
      • Powhatan lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Buchanan and is located in Campbell County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Powhatan
    • Timberlake (27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Timberlake
      • Timberlake lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Buchanan and is located in Campbell County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Timberlake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Timberlake
    • Altavista (35 miles [56.3 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Altavista
      • Altavista lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Buchanan and is located in Campbell County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,422 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Altavista have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Altavista
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Altavista<4>
    • Rustburg (36 miles [57.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Concord (40 miles [64.4 km] to the east)
  • Covington City
    • Covington (25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Covington
      • Covington lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Covington City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,639 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Covington have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Covington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Covington<4>
  • Craig County
    • New Castle (23 miles [37 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Castle
      • New Castle lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Buchanan and is located in Craig County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 155 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Castle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Castle<4>
    • Abbott (25 miles [40.2 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbott
      • Abbott lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Buchanan and is located in Craig County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abbott
  • Franklin County
    • Westlake Corner (27 miles [43.5 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westlake Corner
      • Westlake Corner lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Franklin County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westlake Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westlake Corner
    • Burnt Chimney (30 miles [48.3 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burnt Chimney
      • Burnt Chimney lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Franklin County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burnt Chimney
    • North Shore (30 miles [48.3 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Shore
      • North Shore lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Franklin County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Shore have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Shore
    • Boones Mill (32 miles [51.5 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boones Mill
      • Boones Mill lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Franklin County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 233 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boones Mill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boones Mill<4>
    • Union Hall (35 miles [56.3 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union Hall
      • Union Hall lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Franklin County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union Hall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union Hall
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Union Hall<4>
    • Penhook (37 miles [59.5 km] to the south)
    • Rocky Mount (38 miles [61.2 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocky Mount
      • Rocky Mount lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Franklin County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,712 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rocky Mount
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rocky Mount<4>
  • Lexington City
    • Lexington (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lexington
      • Lexington lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Lexington City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,279 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lexington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lexington<4>
  • Lynchburg City
    • Woodbine Village (25 miles [40.2 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodbine Village
      • Woodbine Village lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Lynchburg City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodbine Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodbine Village
    • Lavino Village (27 miles [43.5 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lavino Village
      • Lavino Village lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Lynchburg City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lavino Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lavino Village
    • Lynchburg (30 miles [48.3 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynchburg
      • Lynchburg lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Lynchburg City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 81,561 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynchburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lynchburg<4>
  • Montgomery County
    • Elliston (36 miles [57.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Shawsville (40 miles [64.4 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shawsville
      • Shawsville lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Montgomery County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shawsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shawsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shawsville<4>
  • Pittsylvania County
    • Hurt (36 miles [57.9 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hurt
      • Hurt lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Buchanan and is located in Pittsylvania County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,211 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hurt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hurt
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hurt<4>
  • Roanoke City
    • Buena Vista (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buena Vista
      • Buena Vista lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Roanoke City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buena Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buena Vista
    • Roanoke (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roanoke
      • Roanoke lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Roanoke City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 99,058 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roanoke
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roanoke<4>
    • Garden City (24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garden City
      • Garden City lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Roanoke City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garden City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garden City
  • Roanoke County
    • Hollins (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollins
      • Hollins lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Roanoke County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hollins have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollins
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hollins<4>
    • Montgomery Village (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montgomery Village
      • Montgomery Village lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Roanoke County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montgomery Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montgomery Village
    • Vinton (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vinton
      • Vinton lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Roanoke County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,128 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vinton<4>
    • Mason Cove (23 miles [37 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mason Cove
      • Mason Cove lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Roanoke County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mason Cove
    • Hanging Rock (24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hanging Rock
      • Hanging Rock lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Roanoke County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hanging Rock
    • Cave Spring (27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cave Spring
      • Cave Spring lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Roanoke County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cave Spring
    • Bent Mountain (35 miles [56.3 km] to the southwest)
  • Rockbridge County
    • Fancy Hill (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fancy Hill
      • Fancy Hill lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Rockbridge County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fancy Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fancy Hill
    • Glasgow (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glasgow
      • Glasgow lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Rockbridge County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,107 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glasgow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glasgow
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glasgow<4>
    • Buffalo Forge (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buffalo Forge
      • Buffalo Forge lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Rockbridge County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buffalo Forge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buffalo Forge
    • East Lexington (23 miles [37 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Lexington
      • East Lexington lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Rockbridge County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Lexington
    • Riverside (26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riverside
      • Riverside lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Rockbridge County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Riverside have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverside
    • Goshen (33 miles [53.1 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goshen
      • Goshen lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the north of Buchanan and is located in Rockbridge County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 371 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goshen
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Goshen<4>
    • Brownsburg (34 miles [54.7 km] to the northeast)
  • Salem City
    • Sunset Village (24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunset Village
      • Sunset Village lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Salem City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunset Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunset Village
    • Salem (26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem
      • Salem lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Salem City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,340 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salem have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salem
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Salem<4>
  • Greenbrier County (WV)
    • White Sulphur Springs (38 miles [61.2 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Sulphur Springs
      • White Sulphur Springs lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Greenbrier County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,325 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Sulphur Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for White Sulphur Springs<4>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Buchanan, see our County-by-County Page for Buchanan.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Buchanan ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Buchanan.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Buchanan. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Buchanan and those printed in the larger area surrounding Buchanan.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 17 miles [27.4 km] of Buchanan.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Buchanan:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Virginia
    • Stories from West Virginia

Cemeteries Near Buchanan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Buchanan.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Buchanan covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Fairview Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fairview Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fairview Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairview Cemetery
  • Robinson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Robinson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Robinson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Robinson Cemetery
  • Shafer Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Shafer Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Shafer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shafer Cemetery
  • Watson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Watson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Watson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Watson Cemetery
  • Bryant Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bryant Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bryant Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bryant Cemetery
  • Ponton Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ponton Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ponton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ponton Cemetery
  • Copps Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Copps Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Copps Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
    • The Copps Cemetery is located in Springwood.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Copps Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #1960145<5>
  • Mays Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mays Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mays Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mays Cemetery
  • Houseman Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Houseman Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Houseman Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Houseman Cemetery
  • Linkenhoker Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Linkenhoker Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Linkenhoker Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Linkenhoker Cemetery
  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Olivet Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Mt. Olivet Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Olivet Cemetery
  • Rudisill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rudisill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rudisill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rudisill Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rudisill Cemetery
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    • Wesley Chapel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Wesley Chapel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Wesley Chapel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Wesley Chapel Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wesley Chapel Cemetery
    • Simmons Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Simmons Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Simmons Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Simmons Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Simmons Cemetery
    • Thompson Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Thompson Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Thompson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Thompson Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thompson Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #52418<5>

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Buchanan had a population of 802 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Buchanan had a population of 1,182 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Buchanan, with the one closest to Buchanan listed first.

  • Buchanan (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buchanan
    • Buchanan lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 802 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,182 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Buchanan had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buchanan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buchanan<4>
  • Dillon (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dillon
    • Dillon lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Dillon had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dillon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dillon
  • Munford (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Munford
    • Munford lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Munford had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Munford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Munford
  • Arcadia (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arcadia
    • Arcadia lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Arcadia had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arcadia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arcadia
  • Springwood (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springwood
    • Springwood lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Springwood had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springwood
  • Lithia (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lithia
    • Lithia lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 53 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lithia had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lithia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lithia
  • Alpine (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpine
    • Alpine lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Alpine had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alpine have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alpine
  • Rocky Point (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocky Point
    • Rocky Point lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 22 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rocky Point had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rocky Point have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rocky Point
  • Botetourt (Botetourt County) - Historic
    • While Botetourt was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Botetourt
    • Botetourt was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Botetourt had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Botetourt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Salt Petre Cave (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salt Petre Cave
    • Salt Petre Cave lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Salt Petre Cave had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Salt Petre Cave. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
    • Salt Petre Cave has also been known as:
    • Salt Peter Cave
    • Saltpetre
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salt Petre Cave
  • Salisbury (Botetourt County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salisbury
    • Salisbury lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Salisbury had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salisbury
  • Reba (Bedford County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reba
    • Reba lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Bedford County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 37 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Reba had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reba have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reba
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    • Nace (Botetourt County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nace
      • Nace lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Buchanan and is located in Botetourt County
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Nace had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nace have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nace
    • Gilmore Mills (Rockbridge County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilmore Mills
      • Gilmore Mills lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Buchanan and is located in Rockbridge County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 38 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Gilmore Mills had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gilmore Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilmore Mills
    • Montvale (Bedford County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montvale
      • Montvale lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Buchanan and is located in Bedford County
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Montvale had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montvale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montvale<4>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Buchanan. See our List of 1890's Communities around Buchanan.

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Buchanan. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Botetourt County: www.co.botetourt.va.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Buchanan) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Buchanan. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BuchananOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Buchanan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5265, Longitude: -79.6811    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Buchanan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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