The city of Buena Vista is nestled against the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a few miles north of where the Maury River meets the James River.
Benjamin Moomaw founded this little town in the late 1800s. He named it Green Forest. As the town grew, he began to envision a city with a more fitting name. In 1890, the name was changed to Buena Vista, in commemoration of a Mexican-American War battle, and in 1892, Virginia granted a city charter.
A busy schedule of concerts and camping events occur each year at Glen Maury Park. The park is located on the site of a historic farm known locally as “the old Paxton Place.” The Paxton House is designated as af Virginia Historic Landmark. The farm had also provided a recreational facility for the community and it was later renamed Glen Maury, a Scotch name for "Valley of the Maury River."
Glen Maury Park now includes a 52-site campground and there are many opportunities for exploration and recreation nearby. Surrounding Buena Vista are portions of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and both the James and Maury Rivers provide canoeing and fishing opportunities.
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Founded in 1867 as a school for girls. It now offers co-ed liberal arts education in a Latter-Day Saint environment. Historic main building overlooks the town. Photo: Hank Zimmerman