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The Buchanan Inn at the Green Cove Station

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Mount Rogers National Recreation Area House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 7-10)

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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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Angie Blevins
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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October 18, 2016
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About Angie Blevins

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.

Angie Blevins purchased this house in 1915

Why Angie Blevins chose Virginia

The Inn was built in 1915, was renovated in 1999, and it offers a bit of the hospitality once offered by the Buchanans.

What makes this house unique

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.


based on 7 traveler reviews

The Buchanan Inn at the Green Cove Station
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful weekend location directly on the trail.

  • 5 of 5

We are Creeper Trail veterans and stayed here years ago when it was a B&B. It was a nice place to stay then and now, with the whole place available to rent, it's even better! The place had everything available down to salt and pepper. Each bedroom has their own bath; great situation for friends and family. Two huge refrigerators, gas cooking stove, all modern appliances...the place is very comfortable and complete.

However, being Creeper Trail veterans, we had our own bikes and didn't see any accommodations for the bikes. (It's THE CREEPER TRAIL! There will be bikes!) It would be nice to have a secure area for them.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your compliments on The Buchanan Inn. Regarding bike storage, would you believe that you are the first to mention that? We apologize for your inconvenience and will certainly have Angie give you access to the garage in the future. We appreciate your interest in the Inn. Annette and Jim Goode, Owners
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The place could not have been more perfect.

  • 5 of 5

This was not our first stay at the Buchanan House. We absolutely LOVE it! The house is the perfect size for our family. It was quiet and peaceful. My favorite part was getting up in the morning and sitting on the side porch on the porch swing, listening to the creek that ran beside the house and looking at the beautiful red barn with the mountains as its backdrop. One morning, a deer even walked right by the house.

Absolutely perfect. We plan on staying there again next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love staying at the Buchannan Inn at Green Cove!

  • 5 of 5

The Buchannan in is roomy with lots of space and well stocked with most anything you would need. Our group was 5 adults and 1 girl and we had plenty of room. We like being right on the VA Creeper Trail, just jump on our bikes and onto the trail! Place is clean and that is wonderful. Kitchen is well stocked. There is internet which is helpful, because once you leave Damascus and head towards Green Cove you have no cell service. We had a nice weekend, got some rain and left a day early. When the weather is bad there is not much to do. All our plans centered around being out doors. Appreciate Angie being in contact with us before we came to stay the weekend. We would definetly come again!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at the inn. The house was very welcoming and the beds were comfortable. We also enjoyed watching the bicyclist passing by on their way down the mountain.

The kitchen was well equipped with almost anything you might need. We were glad that we brought plenty of groceries because there was not one close by.

We loved the creek beside the house and even put our feet in the cold water despite the cooler temperatures we were having.

The inn manager was very accommodating . We enjoyed our nearby visit to Abingdon and Damascus, but the road getting there was very curvey.

I would definitely recommend this property to someone who wants to get away to a peaceful spot in the mountains.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fall Getaway weekend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Buchannan Inn in GreenCove and the place was directly on the VA Creeper Trail. The house was so roomy, clean and comfortable to our needs. Angie was very helpful and kind. We brought all our own food, because you are off the beaten path. The kitchen was roomy, well equipped and very nice to work in.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice clean and quiet home on VA Creeper Trail

  • 5 of 5

Home was very comfortable. We were visiting with my two children (a baby and a toddler) and my father-in-law. Each bedroom had it's own bathroom and we made extensive use of the kitchen while we were there. You could hear the creek during the night which was very pleasant.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
17 Miles
Damascus Old Mill
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Nascar, Bristol, TN
Nearest Restaurant
17 Miles
Chilhowie, Riverfront Restaurant
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
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.


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Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 7.0%

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Mount Rogers National Recreation Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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