The lovely scenery, nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachian Mountains to the west, is almost Zen-like in its calm serenity. Its towns of Troutville and Cloverdale function as a passageway into a bustling Roanoke City to the south
Botetourt County, founded in 1770, is historically unique. It was initially formed in Augusta County and it derived its name from Lord Botetourt, who was the Governor of Virginia. After the Revolutionary War, the County’s jurisdiction was extended to the Mississippi River, encompassing what is now West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and part of Illinois and Wisconsin.
In 1772, the county was reduced to that area east of the New and Kanawha rivers by the formation of Fincastle County. In 1792, most of that latter county became the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The following counties according to the google map location were formed directly from parts of Botetourt County: Rockbridge (1778), Bath (1791), Alleghany (1822), Roanoke (1833), and Craig (1851).