Botetourt County, Virginia

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Botetourt County (pronounced /ˈbɒtətɒt/ BOT-ə-tot) is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 30,496. Its county seat is Fincastle.[1]

Botetourt County is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and located in the Roanoke Region of Virginia.[2]

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History

Botetourt County was established in 1770 from Augusta County. The county is named for Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, more commonly known as Lord Botetourt (1718–1770), who was a popular governor of the Virginia Colony from 1768 to 1770, when he died suddenly while in office.

In the 1770s and 1780s, when Virginia claimed most of the Northwest Territory which would later form all or part of six states, the land was divided between Botetourt and Augusta Counties.

Botetourt County is a part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the southern parts of the county have become increasingly suburban in recent decades. Much of the area's former farmland and orchards have been developed into residential subdivisions and businesses.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 546 square miles (1,414.1 km2), of which 543 square miles (1,406.4 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.60%) is water. The Blue Ridge Mountains run along the eastern part of the county. The Appalachian Mountains run along the western part of the county. The two mountain ranges come close together, separated by the town of Buchanan and the James River.

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