Botetourt County - History & Today

Botetourt County, founded in 1770, is historically unique. It was initially formed from the counties of Augusta and Rockbridge and it derived its name from Lord Botetourt, who was the Governor of Virginia. After the Revolutionary War, the county's jurisdiction was extended to the Mississippi River, encompassing what is now West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and part of Illinois.                       

Today, Botetourt County--the Southern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley--lies in a broad valley which was once known as the Fincastle Valley, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Its blue skies and clean air cover an ocean of farms, orchards, small towns, villages and quiet residential developments.                       

Located in Western Virginia near Roanoke, Botetourt is a scenic, historic county offering all the advantages of small-town and rural life plus the proximity to Western Virginia's largest city and its medical, economic and cultural contributions. Here, much of the area's history has been preserved for future generations.

Information on Botetourt County is available for tourists, potential residents and businesses.  To receive an information packet, please call, write, or e-mail the Chamber office and indicate what type of information is needed.

Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce
      13 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 81 • Fincastle, VA 24090
(540) 473-8280 • Fax: 473-8365
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