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Breckingridge Mill is a rare survivor of the grain and milling industry that figured significantly in the economy of antebellum Virginia. The three-and-a-half story brick structure was erected in 1822 for James Breckinridge, and is one of the olde…
The (Roanoke) Valley Baptist Association was organized on 7 August 1841 at nearby Zion Hill Baptist Church. Seventeen congregations constituted the original fellowship of churches; during the next century and a half membership grew to more than se…
Near here is Santillane, one of Botetourt County's
most distinguished properties. The Greek Revival house sits on a tract of land originally
owned by Colonel George Hancock, a member
of the United States Congress from 1793-1797.
In 1808 Hancoc…
Miller's place here was selected as the county seat of Botetourt in 1770. In 1772 the town of Fincastle was established on land donated by Israel Christian and named for Lord Fincastle, eldest son of Governor Lord Dunmore. It was incorporated in 1…
On 15 December 1970, fire gutted the 1848 Greek
Revival-style Botetourt County courthouse.
Amid the charred wreckage, in a secure vault,
the county's historic records fortunately
survived almost unharmed. Because of the
near-loss of the Botet…
On May 26, 1864, Union Gen, David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of Gen. Ulysses S. G…
Daleville College began as a private school that Church of the Brethren educator Isaac N. H. Beahm conducted for the children of Benjamin F. Nininger and George Layman in 1890. The construction of school buildings began the following year. In 189…
Half a mile west stood Greenfield, the home of Col. William Preston. According to local tradition, Stephen Rentfroe constructed a fort there in the 1740s. In 1759, Preston bought the property from Rentfroe and soon built a house that evolved into …
Here was situated Cloverdale Furnace, and early iron industry, developed by Carter Beverly, in 1808.
Col. William Preston constructed Fort William nearby in 1755 during the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763) as one in a series of fortifications to protect Virginia's frontier. A group of Indians paid a friendly visit in Oct. 1755, and Col. George…