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5/16/2017 4:48:00 PM
Fincastle 'Evolving Landcapes' Tour June 10

By Howard Hammond
Are you a recent newcomer to Alleghany County?

Or maybe you have lived in the area for a while and just haven’t had time to check out that quaint, well-preserved village called Fincastle, about 45 minutes away, just off Rt. 220, heading south?

Did you know that Alleghany County and Botetourt County have connecting early histories, including their association with the famous explorers Meriweather Lewis and William Clark, who traveled through both counties more than once?

And, that the original marriage documents of William Clark, who married Judith Clark of Fincastle, can be viewed in the Botetourt County House?

And what about the brick vault within that courthouse?

Did you know it has survived ravaging fires in the town that has preserved genealogical records of early settlers; and, as the county seat that once geographically stretched all the way to the Mississippi River, now hosts hundreds of family and other genealogical seekers per year?

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 10, from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Mountain Valley Preservation Alliance Inc., in partnership with Historic Fincastle Inc., invites you to participate in “Evolving Landscapes of Historic Fincastle,” a walking and site visit tour of the town that includes entering and viewing some of the oldest historic buildings.

Experienced tour guides from Historic Fincastle Inc. will lead you through the streets and into the beautifully-preserved buildings where you will observe different architecture and hear about the people who built them and lived there.

You will learn about the town’s fires and their impact on the landscape, and enjoy the fun stories about Jockey Alley, and the telephone operator who sat in an upstairs bay window overlooking Main Street partaking of and “promoting” all the local gossip going on below.

Come experience the past and present on Saturday, June 10.

Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Botetourt Courthouse, Main Street, in Fincastle.

The rain date will be Sunday, June 11 at 1:30.

To provide the best possible experience, this event is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Registration forms and flyers with additional information can be obtained online from or

The cost per MVPA or HFI member is $25; $30 for non-members and $12 per child ages 12 and older and includes a box lunch by Heritage Family Market.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 30 (the day after Memorial Day).

For more information, contact Sharon Horn at 540-430-0910,, or Peggy Crosson at 540-354-9698,

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