The Buchanan Inn at the Green Cove Station

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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Built in 1915 and completely renovated in 1999, this was the home of Mary and Bill Buchanan. The rooms are named for the four daughters, Clarice, Eleanor, Adele and LaVaun. Mr. Buck, as he was called, came to the area as a teacher and later became train master, postmaster, notary, Western Union operator, and manager of a general store at the Green Cove Station, 100 yards from the house.

The Station is now maintained by the Forest Service and is a step back in time, looking much the way it did from its opening in 1914 until the 70's, with the pot belly stove carrying many stains of tobacco juice and is the silent harbinger of thousands of tales told while the locals waited for the mail brought by the N&W Virginia Creeper Train. Mary kept her daughters and anyone in sight busy putting together lunches for the N&W passengers and crew, or perhaps caring for strangers that were snowed in and filling every available bit of floor space.

The Virginia Creeper Trail, a Rails to Trails, runs through the property, and provides beautiful vistas for bikers, hikers, and family members of all ages.

The Buchanan Inn is the perfect place to get away and enjoy the beautiful mountains, even viewing the intersection of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee in the distance.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 7-10

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    In view of Pond Mountain and Whitetop Mountain...moreless

  • Village:

    Gas/food at Whitetop Food and Gas, 5 miles away....moreless

  • Water View:

    Creek running through the property...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Balcony


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Base Rate
2 night min stay
$896 $3,180
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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 7%

Manager's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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55 Miles
Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Damascus Old Mill
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Nascar, Bristol, TN
17 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Chilhowie, Riverfront Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bear Tree

Car: Necessary

Virginia Creeper Trail, Abingdon Barter Theater, Marion Lincoln Theater, Bristol:Birthplace of Country Music, Beartree Park, Bristol Motor Speedway, Carter Fold, The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Trail, numerous venues for country and blue grass music, Highlands Festival, Molasses Festival, William King Center for the Arts, Appalachian Trail, Heartwood, Museum of the Southern Appalachians, Zip Line.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1915

About: The Inn is the home place of the Buchanan Family, my grandparents. My mom and I lived with them from 1939 until 1946 while my dad was away in the Navy (39 months of that in a Japanese prison camp). Granddad came to the area as a teacher, married Mary, a local girl, and became the first train master in 1914. He was also Post Master, Western Union Operator, Notary, and operator of the General Store. The Train Station is on the adjacent property and is now a museum operated by the Forest Service.

Why Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, VA, USA:
The Inn was built in 1915, was renovated in 1999, and it offers a bit of the hospitality once offered by the Buchanans.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Children and adults love to spend time wading in the creek, just out the front door, catching crawdads or salamanders. Families bike the Virginia Creeper Trail, which runs through the property, enjoying the scenery of mountains and creeks, eating a hot dog in Taylor Valley, then riding on to Damascus, named the Friendliest Town on the Appalachian Trail.

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VRBO #145525

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, VA, USA #145525

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