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218-0051 Fincastle Historic District

Fincastle Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969

NPS property number 69000224

Named for Lord Fincastle, son Virginia’s last royal governor, Lord Dunmore, this county seat village was founded in 1772 and was one of the last civilized outposts for pioneers moving west through the Valley of Virginia. The town’s grid-plan was laid out by William Preston, the county surveyor. Many of the earliest buildings have been lost through devastating fires, although several streets retain weatherboarded log dwellings. The gleaming spires of three antebellum churches: St. Mark’s Episcopal (1837); the Methodist church (1840); and the Presbyterian church, an 18th-century structure remodeled as a Greek Revival building in 1849, punctuate the leafy streets. Another important spire is that on the county courthouse, originally built in 1845-48 and reconstructed following a fire in 1971. One of the most picturesque historic towns in western Virginia, Fincastle preserves a scenic setting amid rolling farmland and surrounding mountains.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018