A Whispered History:

The Early Days of Buchanan Township


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Settlers began to populate Buchanan in the first half of the nineteenth century, drawn there by the square timber industry that was expanding up the Ottawa Valley. These hearty pioneers struggled to cultivate their farm plots, and had to make up their own rules to live by in a world that lacked formal government administration.


The early settlers faced unyielding swampy, sandy, rocky soil and survived on very few material possessions.

 Early Farming Conditions in Buchanan

The amicable relationship between the area Natives and the early white settlers was important to the first residents of Buchanan’s survival.

The relationship between the Natives and the white settlers in Buchanan

Beginning in the 1850’s, Buchananites were able to supplement their farming incomes by selling wood to the steamboats that passed down the Ottawa River.

 Early Steamboats Brought Extra Income

Before Buchanan was officially land surveyed, Joseph Nadeau had to win a boxing match in order to claim his desired plot of land.      

Fighting For—and Against—the Land in Buchanan Township


Follow the whisper below to hear more stories about life in Buchanan Township....

Follow The Whisper....It Will Tell You All You Want To Know

The Early Settlers

The Women

The Vagabonds

The Outsiders

The Lost Community

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