Botetourt County Historic Sites

History of Botetourt County

Established in 1770, Botetourt County in Virginia's Blue Ridge is rich with history and heritage. During the early days of American history, the county line extended all the way to the Mississippi River and included all or part of seven present-day states!

The Town of Fincastle was incorporated in 1772 and is still the county seat and home to the county courthouse, which remains a popular spot for visitors in search of genealogical information.

Fincastle features many structures that date back to the late 1770s and you can learn more about these classic buildings by taking part in the self-guided and guided tour options provided by Historic Fincastle, Inc. The tour includes information about how Fincastle is a nationally recognized Lewis & Clark Community, as well as the opportunity to see documents signed by Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other historical figures.

Botetourt County also includes the Town of Buchanan, which served as a major crossroads with its iconic Swinging Bridge and canal & locks system for navigating the James River. The town's charming Main Street includes a historic movie theater, town park, classic soda fountain, local shops and outdoor outfitter.

The Town of Troutville also served as an important shipping center in the 1890s and thrived with an active farming community, canneries, and factories. Hiking and cycling enthusiasts won’t want to miss Troutville. The historic town is both a designated Appalachian Trail Community and part of the TransAmerica Bicycle Route 76. The two famous trails wind through the heart of Troutville and along U.S. Route 11, bringing visitors from across the country.

Visit the Botetourt County Historical Museum to learn more about the history of the county and scroll down for additional information on local historic sites and educational opportunities.

Below is a list of historic sites and organizations in Botetourt County.

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