A thousand years before Batts and Fallam explored “the other side of the Mountaines,” people travelled and lived in the region that became Botetourt County.
Joseph B. Buhrman II of Eagle Rock, a founding member of the Botetourt County Historical Society & Museum Inc., was intrigued by finds of stone artifacts on his family farm. He developed a collection of Native American projectile points and tools representative of important southwestern archaeological sites. Bequeathed to the Historical Society, the collection is on exhibit at the museum until September 30.
The Historical Society thanks Barry St. Clair, a Botetourt County resident, for his early work in identifying these important artifacts. Michael Pulice, of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, visited the museum to review them and give Historical Society members further information about archaeological sites within the county.
The Historical Museum houses additional artifacts from other areas of the county in its Frontier Gallery on the second floor. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. The public is encouraged to visit.