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A Spotlight on The Buckhorn Inn & Tavern in Churchville, VA

Most things go down in History, but the Buckhorn Inn is going up and forward in a big way! It was built in the early 1800’s and known as the Dudley House, then the Buckhorn Tavern. Over its deep and rich history, the Inn was a well known resting point for stagecoach Travelers, it was also a gambling spot, a place to indulge in food and spirits and even at one point early on, it became a hospital for civil war soldiers. 

In most recent decades the Buckhorn has been utilized as a BNB providing overnight accommodations and restaurant services. Most recently, the Buckhorn Inn was taken over by Brenda and Jack Kearney, partnering with Danielle and Brandon McCown, who had clear and big plans to put a modern twist on this special historic gem.

As the Real Estate Team that represented the Seller on this property, we always spoke about all of the possibilities. If only we had time outside of our full time careers to make something happen. Visiting and experiencing what we knew it could become, to see if it actually did become just that, was exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. Were they really going to be able to do this in a way that would stand out from the crowd? Could they truly be the owners to make it thrive again? Well we had to find out for ourselves and we chose Sunday brunch to do it…

From the moment you step in the staff are friendly and warm, the hustle and bustle from the kitchen is heard with plates softly clattering. As we walked towards our table we peered around to catch a glimpse of what was being served to those around us. We wondered if they were new to try it or if it was already a hit and this was their 2nd or 3rd time to return. My husband and I sat next to a couple who could have parented us. We were a little anxious, especially myself as my history was pretty deep with hopes of a Purchaser who could really make this place what I always felt it could be.

The waitress handed us the menus and waited patiently for our drink orders and excitement started to bubble up. A mimosa flight for me and my hubby tried a specialty “smoked” beverage. Conversation ensued between us and the guests next to us and we found out it was there first time and they were from Waynesboro, VA. Our drinks were served and every sip was more enjoyable than the one before. I never knew so many versions of a mimosa existed.  My husband’s smoked beverage made its presence known immediately. The smoky scent whiffed towards me and we knew we were in store for an enjoyable meal and experience.

We ordered our meal and it was served, we became forever fans. It was aesthetically pleasing and clearly prepped and plated with the freshest ingredients by people who enjoy what they do. The meals were seasoned beautifully, tender and simply delicious. From the ambience, to the staff, the spirits and the food we were beyond pleased. We are so very grateful for these local business owners who took a risk on this beautiful piece of history and our community! It’s clear they have worked so hard to keep a part of our local history in tact, while refreshing it with new energy and talent to make it what it is today.

Thank you to the Kearney’s, the McCown’s, the Chef’s and Kitchen Staff, the amazing Servers, and all of you who are continuing to grow the Buckhorn Inn & Tavern of Churchville, VA. We are so thrilled to have you and we wish you nothing but success!

The KK Homes Team of Long & Foster (written by Kathleen Kellett-Ward “KK”)

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One Response to “A Spotlight on The Buckhorn Inn & Tavern in Churchville, VA”

  • Tammy
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    My first trip to the Buckhorn Inn was to celebrate my granddaughters Birthday. From the moment you walk in the door you feel welcome. I love historical places. This place has so much history. I loved the antiques and beautiful art. We got to sit by the fireplace while enjoying the delicious brunch. Such a welcoming cozy atmosphere. The innkeeper even gave us a private tour. I highly recommend going to the Buckhorn Inn.

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