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 . . . — — Map (db m84188) HM
Breckinridge Mill is a rare survivor of the grain and milling industry that figured significantly in the economy of antebellum Virginia. The three-and-a-half story brick structure was erected in 1822 for James Breckinridge, and is one of the oldest . . . — — Map (db m84225) HM
Miller’s place here was selected as the county seat of Botetourt in 1770. In 1772 the town of Fincastle was established on land donated by Israel Christian and named for Lord Fincastle, eldest son of Governor Lord Dunmore. It was incorporated in . . . — — Map (db m84192) HM
Col. William Preston constructed Fort William nearby in 1755 during the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763) as one in a series of fortifications to protect Virginia’s frontier. A group of Indians paid a friendly visit in Oct. 1755, and Col. George . . . — — Map (db m62979) HM
Near here is Santillane, one of Botetourt County’s
most distinguished properties. The Greek Revival house sits on a tract of land originally
owned by Colonel George Hancock, a member
of the United States Congress from 1793-1797.
In 1808 . . . — — Map (db m84203) HM