Buckhannon in Upshur County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Buckhannon / Frontier Days
Buckhannon. Named for chief of Delaware Indians. John Jackson settled near in 1769. John Bush built a fort which was destroyed by Indians, 1782. A settlement which grew up there became the county seat of Harrison. W. Va. Wesleyan College is here.
Frontier Days. To the north stood the giant tree in which Samuel and John Pringle made a home in 1764. In the Heavner Cemetery are the graves of Capt. William White, killed near the fort, and John Fink, killed near here during Indian raids.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
Location. 38° 59.622′ N, 80° 13.902′ W. Marker is in Buckhannon, West Virginia, in Upshur County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Locust Street, on the right Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buckhannon WV 26201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Destruction at the Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); The History Center (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); McClellan's Buckhannon Camp (approx. half a mile away); Jenkins in Buckhannon (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Bassel House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Population Center (approx. 4 miles away); Lorentz (approx. 4.2 miles away); Upshur Militia (approx. 12.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckhannon.
Also see . . .
1. Chieftain Buckongahelas and Son Mahonegon. “The legend has it that Captain William White shot and killed Mahonegon, [Chief Buckongahelas’ (Buckhannon’s) son], in June 1773. The statue [in Jawbone Park] depicts a grief-stricken father holding the body of his dead son, with a bullet hole in the abdomen. The legend also holds that Buckongahelas accomplished revenge, killing White about a decade later.” (Submitted on December 14, 2008.)
2. A Brief History of West Virginia Wesleyan College. “Many features of modern campus life at Wesleyan have long traditions. An example is football, which was introduced (Submitted on December 14, 2008.)
3. The Pringle Brothers and the Sycamore Tree. Joy Gilchrist’s article. “John and Samuel Pringle followed the Tygart Valley and reached the Buckhannon River country and Turkey Run. They took up residence [in 1764] in a sycamore tree [near the Buckhannon River and Turkey Run] and lived there until Fall 1767 when John went back to the South Branch and learned that the war was over and that they were no longer wanted as deserters.” (Submitted on December 14, 2008.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 14, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,321 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 14, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo(s) of Buckongahelas and His Son Mahonegon sculpture in Jawbone Park • Gravesites of William White an John Fink • Can you help?