September 18, 2021




99 Housman Street, Fincastle, Va. 24090


Come one, come all!! On Saturday evening, September 18, 2021, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, the outdoor Pavilion at historic Santillane, Fincastle, Va., will be the setting for an exciting, informational, and fun event being planned to help fund the Virginia Lewis & Clark Legacy Trail’s Signage Program. Specifically, signage is needed at Lewis & Clark historic sites, locations, and along various routes of the trail. The VLCLT, Inc. estimates that for the remainder of 2021, and during the years 2022-2023, approximately 20-30 Lewis and Clark interpretive and other signs will be needed in all trail localities from Bristol to Charlottesville along the 258 mile route, as well as in eastern Virginia counties also participating on the trail. ( See Along the Trail and Trail Maps.)

Event attendees will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a variety of beverages, exhibits of Lewis and Clark historic sites, as well as samples of sign designs that will be used.

Highlighting the event will be guest speaker, Betsy Merritt, Deputy General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation. Betsy has served as legal counsel for the National Trust’s legal advocacy program for the past 25 years, having represented the organization in nearly 200 cases in state and federal courts. She also enjoys working with local governments when faced with preservation-sensitive decisions and will be available to meet and address questions by individuals and groups on Monday, September 20, 2021, 10:00 am, following Saturday night’s event. This activity will take place in the auditorium of Botetourt County Administration offices at Greenfield Education & Training Center, 57 S. Center Drive, Daleville, Va. 24083

Attendance fees are $50.00/ individual and $100.00/ couple. Attendees can complete the reservation form by clicking here. Checks should be made payable to the Va. Lewis and Clark Legacy Trail/ For: Historic Sites and Signage Soiree, and with completed reservation form mailed to: Jim Johnston, VLCLT Treasurer, 1340 Hidden View Road, Roanoke, Virginia. 24015. For those who cannot attend, but would like to donate to the event, the VLCLT, Inc. is a 501c-3 organization and donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible.    

Although the event is being held outdoors, attendees are encouraged at this time to wear masks to and throughout the event, except when eating or drinking. Questions can be directed to Peggy Crosson:; or, 540-354-9698. Leave a message if not answered, and calls will be returned as soon as possible.

Area Lewis & Clark Sites Awarded L&C Portrait Signs


May 24, 2021 @ 5pm


Historic Fotheringay, Elliston, VA

Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, Steve Figalkowski, speaks with VLCLT Board members.

Roanoke River looking west towards the north and south forks of the river.

Owner of Ingles Farm historic site, Radford side shows Lewis and Clark Portrait sign to ceremony attendees.

On Monday, May 24, 2021, members  of the Board of Directors from the the Roanoke – Botetourt- New River Valley region of the Virginia Lewis and Clark Legacy Trail (VLCLT) gathered together to award Lewis and Clark Portrait signs to both Pulaski and Montgomery Counties, to their respective VLCLT Committee Chairs, and to the owners of historic sites and locations who were recipients of these signs. Five signs were awarded after submitting applications and being approved as verified Lewis and Clark-connected historic sites.  They included, Fotheringay, (Montgomery Co.) the Radford City side of Ingles Ferry (Pulaski County), the first and second Roanoke River Crossings in Elliston and Lafayette, respectively, (both in Montgomery County), and to Pulaski County in honor of Expedition member, William Werner, who returned to the new Newbern area.