Fincastle is the county seat of Botetourt County. The town was founded in 1772 and served as a last outpost and supply station for settlers heading out West. In fact, the western territory of Botetourt County had stretched all the way to the Mississippi River until after the Revolutionary War.
Fincastle’s courthouse was designed by Thomas Jefferson and is now part of The Historic District Guided Tours that includes many pre-Civil War buildings and sites. Water sports are available on the James River. The area also offers hiking trails and area wineries.
An annual event that has attracted visitors for over 150 years is the ringing of the Historic Bells of Fincastle on New Year’s Eve. The courthouse bell in Botetourt County rings first, followed by the bells of four town churches.
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Fincastle is the County Seat of Botetourt County, at the southern-most part of the Shenandoah Valley region. The town was founded in 1752 and began as an outpost settlement on the American Frontier. Photo: Hank Zimmerman