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Buffalo in Putnam County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Historic Town of Buffalo

 

— River to Ridges Heritage Trail —

 
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By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
1. Historic Town of Buffalo Marker
Inscription.  Chartered in 1837, the town of Buffalo predates the formation of Putnam County in 1848. Possibly named after the nearby Big Buffalo Creek, the town was from its beginnings inextricably tied to river trade and to agriculture. In its early days, many of the town’s inhabitants earned a living as captains and crewmen aboard river vessels that plied the length of the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. Using this water route, area farmers and craftsmen shipped their produce and wares to markets in other states. The town center, located in front of you, contains the historic heart of this West Virginia community.

Buffalo Presbyterian Church. In the 1840s, Presbyterians in Buffalo petitioned the denomination’s governing body in Greenbrier, WV, for permission to form a congregation and to erect a church. Approval came in 1856, with a dedication held for a newly built church in 1857.

Buffalo Academy. Built in 1849, the Buffalo Academy offered a liberal education that was unrivaled in the region. Occupied by Union and Confederate armies, the Academy closed permanently after the Civil War. Into the early twentieth century,
Historic Town of Buffalo Marker and the Buffalo Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
2. Historic Town of Buffalo Marker and the Buffalo Bank Building
The marker is visible on the left, in front of the orange car. The Buffalo Museum is housed in the former bank’s building.
the building served as a public school.

Buffalo Bank. The Buffalo Bank was founded in 1919 by several area residents, including Thomas C. Atkeson of state agricultural fame. The present structure, built in 1929, remained in operation until 1963, when it permanently closed its doors.

Buffalo Methodist Church. Formed in 1833, the Buffalo Methodist congregation in 1848 constructed a new church building behind the Buffalo Academy. After this structure burned during the Civil War, the congregation built the present building in 1870.
 
Erected by West Virginia Humanities Council.
 
Location. 38° 37.059′ N, 81° 58.845′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, West Virginia, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of Lafayette Street (West Virginia Route 62) and High Street, on the right when traveling north on Lafayette Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20022 Charleston Rd, Buffalo WV 25033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “Lawnvale” / “Coin” Harvey (here, next to this marker); Buffalo Academy (here, next to this marker); Raiders in Buffalo (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Presbyterian Church
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By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
3. Buffalo Presbyterian Church
(within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Atkenson’s Gate (approx. 2.2 miles away); Indian Village / Excavations (approx. 2.3 miles away); General McCausland (approx. 2.8 miles away); Red House (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .  The Community of Buffalo. Reprint of 1998 article by Tara Tuckwiller in the Charleston Gazette. Excerpt:
Natives, like Daisy Thornton, have written up Buffalo’s complete history in countless pamphlets and articles. “It really was what they say—a peaceful little town,” said Thornton, 70, whose family has been in Buffalo since its earliest days.

Well, Thornton said, somebody did hold up the Buffalo Bank once. And there was a problem with the ferry boat. “The man that run it was murdered,” Thornton said. “That was the end of the ferryboat.”

Some people in Buffalo think Byrd Hill, who couldn’t swim, may have just fallen out of the ferry. Most others think he was killed for his day’s fares. His death in 1946 was never solved. It stopped the ferry that had run between Buffalo and Pliny for years, taking shoppers to Buffalo and Buffalo
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By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
4. Buffalo Academy Building
residents to jobs on the other side of the river.
(Submitted on July 30, 2019.) 
 
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Buffalo Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
5. Buffalo Methodist Church
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 30, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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