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Fincastle in Botetourt County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Botetourt County Courthouse Fire

 
 
Botetourt County Courthouse Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 30, 2015
1. Botetourt County Courthouse Fire Marker
Inscription. On 15 December 1970, fire gutted the 1848 Greek Revival-style Botetourt County courthouse. Amid the charred wreckage, in a secure vault, the county’s historic records fortunately survived almost unharmed. Because of the near-loss of the Botetourt County records, however, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Public Records Act in 1975. The act mandated that deeds, wills, and other vital records be inventoried and microfilmed and copies of the film stored permanently in the Library of Virginia in Richmond for safekeeping. The Botetourt County courthouse was reconstructed and reoccupied in 1975.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number D-39.)
 
Location. 37° 29.948′ N, 79° 52.679′ W. Marker is in Fincastle, Virginia, in Botetourt County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Local Road T-630) and Roanoke Street (Local Road T-1204), on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. It is at the courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 W Main St, Fincastle VA 24090, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fincastle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santillane
Botetourt County Courthouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 30, 2015
2. Botetourt County Courthouse and Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Breckinridge Mill (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fort William (approx. 3.1 miles away); Roanoke Valley Baptist Association (approx. 3.6 miles away); Coming of the Railroad (approx. 4.2 miles away); Greenfield (approx. 4.7 miles away); Daleville College (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fincastle.
 
Also see . . .  Fincastle, VA Courthouse Burns. “The fire, discovered at 2:30 a.m. by two unidentified youths, was out of control when Fincastle volunteer firemen arrived on the scene at 2:45 a.m. with two trucks containing 1,800 gallons of water. The town of Fincastle does not have a water system so water had to be pumped from a creek and a pond several hundred yards away from the courthouse on either side of the town.” (Submitted on June 7, 2015.) 
 
Categories. DisastersGovernment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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