Historic Preservation

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What Is Historic Preservation?

Historic preservation is the opportunity to ask ourselves, "What are the things in our history that we should save for the future?" It allows us to look at history differently, to ask questions of the past, and learn new things about our collective history and ourselves. It's a way to communicate our understanding of history to future generations. Preserving historical structures and archaeological sites can also enhance a community's character and identity.  Historic Preservation is done through: 

  • Designating historic sites for protection.  This includes federal, state, and privately owned properties. 
  • Documentation including the written, photographic, technical, and oral recordings and/or retelling of historic sites. 
  • Physical Preservation: includes  stabilization (protecting as is), rehabilitation (adding to buildings), restoration (repairing), and reconstruction (rebuilding as it once was).

In Botetourt County, there are great efforts by various citizen groups and organizations to preserve local history, structures, and stories.  

  1. Botetourt's Historical Properties
  2. Preservation Law
  3. How to Research Your Property
  4. What Are The Incentives
  5. Who Can Help

Historic Districts and Properties

Established in 1770, Botetourt County is rich with history, heritage, and locations.  Botetourt is proud to have multiple historic properties, archaeological sites, and historic districts.  The Town of Fincastle was incorporated in 1772 and is still the county seat and home to many historical structures, some dating back to the 1770's.  The Town of Buchanan is another historic district that served as a major crossroads with its historical Swinging Bridge and canal and lock system used for navigating the James River.  Learn more about the historic properties and districts in Botetourt by clicking on the links below: