Botetourt County Courthouse in Fincastle Virginia

The Botetourt County Circuit Courthouse in Fincastle.

Incorporated in 1772 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Town of Fincastle serves as the county seat for Botetourt County. It’s a fantastic place to visit for anyone who loves history.

The entire area is a virtual museum of American architecture from the late 1770s through the 21st century. In fact, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark visited Fincastle, then on the edge of the Western frontier, before and after they were commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Purchase.

As a result of the significant historical connection to Lewis & Clark, the Town of Fincastle has been nationally recognized and designated as a Lewis & Clark Community.

The County Courthouse is home to genealogical records that date back to 1770 and are so well organized that visitors come from Maine to California, Texas to Minnesota looking for information on their family history.

Things to Do in Fincastle

  • Take a Guided Walking TourHistoric Fincastle Inc. conducts guided tours of the Historic Town of Fincastle. Visit local churches, historic sites, and hear the story of fabled Fincastle. There is a fee for the tour.
  • Visit the Botetourt County Historic Museum – The Botetourt County Historic Museum serves as a repository for hundreds of artifacts and treasures that interpret the the unique history of the county for visitors.
  • Research your ancestry – Genealogists from around the country find original, primary source documents in the Botetourt County Circuit Courthouse. The Fincastle Library Research Room also has a fine collection that includes family history books, Virginia County books, cemetery information, and books on Virginia history.