Botetourt County Courthouse Fire

Botetourt County Courthouse Fire (HM1KYZ)

Location: Fincastle, VA 24090 Botetourt County
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N 37° 29.948', W 79° 52.679'

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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 Botetourt County records,
however, the Virginia General Assembly passed
the Virginia Public Records Act in 1975. The
act mandated that deeds, wills, and other vital
records be inventoried and microfilmed and
copies of the film stored permanently in the
Library of Virginia in Richmond for safekeeping.
The Botetourt County courthouse was
reconstructed and reoccupied in 1975.
Marker NumberD-39
Year Placed1999
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 599177 N 4150836
Decimal Degrees37.49913333, -79.87798333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 29.948', W 79° 52.679'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 29' 56.88" N, 79° 52' 40.74" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 W Main St, Fincastle VA 24090, US
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