Botetourt County blends a mix of traditional and historic lifestyles and industry with contemporary 21st Century growth and progress. Newcomers find a variety of living options: historic houses, farms and a broad selection of subdivisions, including golf and retirement communities. Long-time residents embrace new technology amid long-held traditions. On the edge of a modern metropolitan area, yet capped by significant federally protected lands, Botetourt County enjoys a The breadth of amenities, unusual in a community this size, attracts new comers and keeps long-time residents.
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests dominate recreational offerings along with the Appalachian Trail, Route 76 biking route and the Jackson and Cowpasture rivers' fly-fishing appeal, as well as fishing and boating on the Upper James River Water Trail.
The county has a rich history dating from its founding in 1770, when Botetourt incorporated most of the Northwest Territory which would later form all or part of six states. After the Revolutionary War, the county's current seat – Fincastle – oversaw a jurisdiction that extended to the Mississippi River and encompassed an area that is now West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and part of Illinois. Today, Botetourt County serves as a gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, a scenic setting between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains and is uniquely positioned to provide residents and businesses ready access to the major Eastern cities.