At Beaver Dam Farm in Buchanan
Every September since 2016, Beaver Dam Farm—located a little over an hour from Lynchburg—has drawn in visitors from across the state as its fields of beautiful sunflowers reach full bloom.
The farmland was purchased in 1900, and the farm became a dairy in 1927. They switched to beef cattle last year. In 2016, to diversify the farm’s income, the family owners and operators planted 20 acres of black oil sunflowers. They invited guests to come walk the picturesque fields, and since then, their beloved Sunflower Festival has grown and expanded to include crafters, food vendors and much more.
The festival is still taking place this year, with precautions. Online ticket sales begin in early September, and there will be a limited number of people allowed on the grounds at one time, as well as a two-hour time limit.