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Virginia Counties

The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

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Botetourt County, Virginia

Botetourt County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Fincastle
Year Organized: 1796
Square Miles: 543
Court House:

One West Main Street, Box 1
County Courthouse
Fincastle, VA 24090-0000

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Botetourt County was named for Norborne Berkeley, baron de Botetourt, the royal governor of Virginia from 1768 to 1770.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Botetourt County, Virginia formed from Augusta and Rockbridge Counties. Legislative enactment in 1769. Organized in 1770. Rockbridge County gave only small portions at later dates (1821-1822, 1838, 1850-1851, 1887-1888 and possibly nearer the 1770 organization date as well). [Virginia Counties: Those Resulting from Virginia Legislation, by Morgan Poitiaux Robinson, originally published as Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Volume 9, January, April, July 1916, reprinted 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.]

Botetourt County was named for Norborne Berkeley, baron de Botetourt, the royal governor of Virginia from 1768 to 1770. It was formed from Augusta County in 1769, and part of Rockbridge County was added in 1785. Its area is 549 square miles, and the county seat is Fincastle.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Roanoke County, Virginia - southwest
  • Craig County, Virginia - west
  • Alleghany County, Virginia - northwest
  • Rockbridge County, Virginia - northeast
  • Bedford County, Virginia - southeast

Cities and Towns:

- Buchanan town Incorporated Area
- Fincastle (County Seat) town Incorporated Area
- Roanoke city Incorporated Area
- Troutville town Incorporated Area

County Resources:

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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"

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