Now in its 249th year, Botetourt County (pronounced Bot-i-tot) originally extended from its gateway at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley to the Mississippi River, and covered all or parts of seven present day states.
Named after popular state Governor Lord Botetourt, the county boasts three incorporated towns where you can take a step back in time as you meander along tree-lined streets, enjoying historical sites and nostalgic features.
Retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark who visited the frontier Town of Fincastle before being commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Purchase. With many buildings dating back to the 1700s and early 1800s, this quaint village has been the seat of Botetourt County since 1772.
From its earliest development, the Town of Buchanan was the principal crossing of the James River via the “Great Valley Road.” Explore Civil War sites and the old-time theatre and soda fountain located in the center of downtown.
Designated as an Appalachian Trail Community, the Town of Troutville is a favorite stopping point for Appalachian Trail hikers and cyclists on the Transamerican Trail, both of which pass right through the town.
On the Botetourt Wine Trail, you will find farm wineries welcoming visitors for tours, tastings, and hospitality, and offering a variety of special events on many weekends throughout the year.
Finally, be sure to plan some outdoor fun and experience the Upper James River Water Trail. With portions of the Upper James designated as a Virginia Scenic River, enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing or tubing for the entire family.
Discover for yourself a place of timeless beauty and abundant history. Lewis and Clark journeyed to Botetourt County. Shouldn’t you?