Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday Thirteen #420

My county, Botetourt, VA, is loaded with history. At one time the county stretched to the Mississippi River and up into Wisconsin. It's not so large today but we have many historical structures on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here are 13 of them.

The Phoenix Bridge
1. The Phoenix Bridge. This is a truss bridge near Eagle Rock.

2. Greenfield. Currently a major source of controversy in the county as the property was purchase by government officials 20 years ago. They want to move the historic structures to build a shell building in hopes that some big company will come in.

Botetourt Courthouse Steeple
3. Fincastle Historic District. The entire town of Fincastle is mostly a historic district. The town was established as the county seat in 1770. Fires took out a few blocks but many old buildings still exist in the town, including a number of historic churches.

4. Breckinridge Mill. An historic grist mill that no longer works. It has been turned into apartment complexes but the structure is still intact.

5. Bessemer. This is an archeological site of prehistoric Native Americans. The site was first discovered during road construction.

6. Buchanan Historic District. While not quite as old of an incorporated town as Fincastle, Buchanan has been around a long time. It was originally known as Pattonsburg and because of its location along the James River was an active port town. It was also a site of Civil War activity.

7. Lauderdale is a huge home located outside of Buchanan. It has been undergoing restoration for a number of years.

8. Santillane is a historic home located just outside of Fincastle. It was constructed around 1835. The family who originally owned it was the Hancocks, and daughter Julia married William Clark (of Lewis & Clark fame).


9. Wheatland Manor. This historic home is located between Fincastle and Buchanan.

10. Wiloma. Another historic home located near Fincastle, constructed in 1848.

11. Nininger's Mill. This is also known as Tinker Mill. The grist mill was originally constructed about 1847.

12. Greyledge. Located near Buchanan, the original structure was built around 1842.

13. Bryan McDonald House. This is one of the older homes in the Troutville area. It was built in 1766.


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 420th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. So much history in comparison to New Zealand. I was excited because I actually know about Lewis & Clark and their explorations.

  2. Sounds like an area that would keep historians busy for quite a while. :) My T13

  3. Who knew. Some of those homes would make great bed & breakfast inns.

  4. Who knew. Some of those homes would make great bed & breakfast inns.

  5. In contrast I live in a place where politicians proudly claim their Montana heritage by stating they are second or third generation. The oldest buildings are from the mid-1800s. The oldest relics are arrowheads and sacred trees.

    Your county went all the way to Wisconsin? Wow.


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