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Botetourt County

Botetourt County is named for Norborne Berkeley, who was the Baron de Botetourt known as Lord Botetourt and who was the governor of the Virginia Colony from 1767 to 1770.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Alleghany County and Rockbridge County

E – Bedford County

S – Roanoke County

W – Craig County and Alleghany County


Created:  1770                                        Map of Virginia highlighting Botetourt County

County Seat: 

Fincastle  1770 – present


County Courthouse –  Fincastle 


Location:  1 West Main Street / Roanoke Street

Built:  1972 – 1974

Style:  Modern Colonial

Architect:  Hinnant, Addison and Hinnant of Lexington

Contractor:  Montgomery Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located om landscaped grounds in the center of Fincastle. The south front has a large portico with four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. There are east and west wings. On the center of the roof is square white colored cupola with clock ad spite at the top. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court. of the 25th Judicial Circuit. On the west side of the courthouse are the Old Jail, Old District Courts Building and Extension Building.


See:  The architect, Hinnant, Adison & Hinnant of Lexington, designed courthouses in  Buena Vista, Grayson County and Shenandoah County.


District Courts Building –  Fincastle 



Location:  20 East Back Street / Roanoke Street

Built:  1997 – 1988

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern

Contractor:  Martin Brothers Contractors, Inc.


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Fincastle to the north of the courthouse. The south front has a two story section at the west side with canopy at the entrance and high windows on the second story. Above is a clock with pitched roof. The west wing is one story with hipped roof and the east wings is large and has a hipped roof. The building houses the Count General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 25th Judicial Circuit. 


See:  The 25th Judicial Circuit includes Alleghany County, Augusta County, Bath CountyBuena Vista, Clifton Forge, Covington, Craig County, Highland County, Lexington, Rockbridge CountyStaunton and Waynesboro.


History:  The county was created in 1769 and Fincastle was selected as the county seat in 1770. The first courthouse was built in 1773 and the second courthouse was built by William Barton in 1818. The third courthouse constructed by Smith & Stratton in 1848, burned in a fire on December 15, 1970. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1972 to 1974 at a cost of $743,377.The District Court Building was constructed in 1997 to 1999.



County Courthouse – Fincastle



















Picture 1848 County Courthouse





Old Jail – Fincastle



Old District Courts Building – Fincastle



Extension Building – Fincastle



District Courts Building – Fincastle







Photos taken 2013