The Botetourt County Citizen Commission for Preservation of Historical Properties (BCCC) held its first local history forum and discussion on Wednesday, November 14, at the Greenfield Administration Center. The purpose of the event was to inform the public of the BCCC’s mission in the preservation of historically significant properties in Botetourt County and to discuss various aspects of Botetourt’s history. There were approximately 40 people in attendance.
The BCCC was formed by the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors. The commission’s mission is to assist in identifying, prioritizing, and facilitating the preservation of historically important properties and sites throughout Botetourt County.
John Williamson served as the master of ceremonies for the evening. Discussion topics included:
- A presentation from Commission Chair Steve Clinton who talked about the origins and organization of the BCCC.
- Sarah Rodgers spoke about Botetourt County Libraries’ role as the center for information about historic preservation.
- The Rev. Robert McRae provided insight into the history and development of Botetourt’s churches.
- Malfourd “Bo” Trumbo talked about the role of Looney’s Ferry in the westward migration and the effect that several devastating building fires during the 19th and 20th centuries had on Botetourt’s economic development.
- Ed McCoy spoke on the county’s 250th anniversary publication titled “Chronicles of Botetourt” and about the Historic Greenfield Preservation Council’s new book about the Greenfield Plantation.
McCoy and McRae are local authors whose books were available for purchase during the event. The books can also be purchased at the Botetourt County Historical Society and Museum located at 26 East Main Street in Fincastle.
The program was well received, prompting commission members to begin planning for another event of this kind in 2024. More information about the BCCC is available at www.botetourtva.gov/BCCC or at the Fincastle Library at (540) 928-2700.
~ Fincastle Herald staff report