Saturday, February 6, 2010

Historic Fincastle

Fincastle, Virginia was the eastern terminus of the Fincastle Turnpike, completed in 1841, leading to what is now far Southwest Virginia and thence to the Wilderness Road and the Cumberland Gap. Incorporated in 1772, it has been the County seat for Botetourt County since that time. It is currently a town of 350 people and is a virtual museum of American architecture from the late 1770's through the 21st. Century. Both the County Courthouse and the museum are filled with records of families who migrated through the Shenandoah Valley on their way south and west. An historic tour of this quaint village is available, through Historic Fincastle, Inc. William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame) married local resident, Judith Hancock, after the great expedition. The center of town, Courthouse Square, contains the famous courthouse reportedly designed by Thomas Jefferson. It is one of 100 contributing buildings to the Historic District that has both state and national designation.

To visit the Historic Fincastle web site: Click Here.

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