Although the pandemic postponed celebrating Botetourt County’s 250th anniversary last year, it did not diminish the county’s storied history. In 1770, when Botetourt was formed from Augusta County, its territory continued west to the Mississippi River and northward into the Ohio River Valley Territory. The area covered not only the Roanoke Valley locally, but also the present state of Kentucky and much of what is now West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
On June 10 at 7 p.m., Lynsey Allie will share the story of Botetourt County’s rich history. Allie is the executive director of the Botetourt County Historical Society & Museum, and the manager of the History Museum of Western Virginia and O. Winston Link Museum. The latter are now hosting an extensive exhibit of the remarkable decorative arts that relate the county’s story. This talk will be presented over Zoom: the Zoom link will be posted on the Salem Museum’s website on the day of the talk.
- Submitted by Fran Ferguson, Salem Museum Executive Director