A Heritage Experience in the Heart of Virginia
The Fauquier Historical Society
A Heritage Experience in the Heart of Virginia's Horse Country
We aim to stimulate interest in Fauquier County and Virginia history by preserving the evidence of our past, connecting it to our present and educating the community about its importance to our future.
Our Society & Museum
The Fauquier Historical Society has over 200 members dedicated to preserving Fauquier County's rich history. We maintain a local museum in Warrenton beside the Fauquier County Courthouse.
Hours & Admission
WE ARE CLOSED APRIL 16TH AND WILL REOPEN APRIL 17TH
We are open Wednesday-Monday 10 AM - 4 PM
(with some extended hours during events)
Friends of the Jail $2.00
Seniors (65+) $2.00
Children(under 10) FREE
Join the Society today or purchase a gift from our Shoppe!
A Brief History
Fauquier County, Virginia
Established May 1, 1759
The area we now know as Fauquier County today was listed as part of the Northern Neck of the Colony of Virginia by Captain John Smith in 1608. In 1759 Fauquier County was formed from a portion of Prince William County. The name Fauquier was chosen in honor of Francis Fauquier, the Governor of Virginia from 1758-1768. The county encompasses 666 square miles of land in the Piedmont region of Virginia. Today it is best known for its picturesque rolling hills, horse farms, wineries, and history.
Old Town Warrenton
Incorporated January 5, 1810
Warrenton had its origin at the junction of the Falmouth-Winchester and Alexandria-Culpeper roads, where a trading post known as the Red Store was established. At the time of the Revolution a settlement had begun, and by 1790 the first courthouse was built, a jail was erected and an academy named for General Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War hero, was founded. Richard Henry Lee donated 71 acres of land for the county seat, which was incorporated as the Town of Warrenton in 1810.
The Old Jail
Operated from 1808-1966
The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail (formally known as The Old Jail Museum) is located in the old Fauquier County prison complex. It was erected in 1808 as the 6th jail in Warrenton. After 15 years of operation poor conditions forced the county to build a new jail, directly behind it. In 1823 the new jail was opened, but not before they added an addition to the 1808 building and upgraded it into the jailer's home. In 1966, the complex was closed and taken over by the Fauquier Historical Society to be preserved as a history museum.