• A Heritage Experience in the Heart of Virginia

  • The Fauquier Historical Society

    A Heritage Experience in the Heart of Virginia's Horse Country

    Our Mission

    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, housed in an 1808 jail, in Warrenton beside the Fauquier County Courthouse.

    Hours & Admission

    We are open Wednesday-Monday 10 AM - 4 PM

    Adults(18+) $3.50
    Friends of the Jail $2.00
    Seniors (65+) $2.00
    Military $2.00
    Students(10-18) $1.00
    Children(under 10) FREE

  • Upcoming events

    Mosby Walking Tour

    September 30, 2017, 12:30-1:30 PM

    Tickets on Sale

    Paranormal Investigation

    October 13 2017

    SOLD OUT

    Warrenton Ghost Walks

    October 20, 21, 27, and 28 2017

    Tickets on Sale

  • Paranormal Tickets

    Join our paranormal team to communicate with the spirits of the old jail.
    For more info email info@fauquierhistory.org
    Tickets are $20 per person. Non-refundable.Space is limited (5-20 people). Not suitable for children under the age of 12, all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The museum is unfortunately not handicap accessible. Cancellation may occur due to inclement weather, an alternate date will be provided at that time.

  • Mosby Walking Tour

    Mosby Walking Tour led by David Goetz.
    Tour begins at the Marshall statue in front of 14 Main Street and is approximately 45 minutes.

    Rain date is Sunday, October 1st from 12:30-1:30 PM
    Tickets are $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite or at the museum.

  • Membership Benefits

    purchase today in our online store!

    Student

    • 10% discount on FHS items in the gift shop
    • 4 free admissions
    • Event discounts as advertised 

    Patron

    • 10% discount on FHS items in the gift shop
    • 4 free admissions
    • 2 free non-member admissions
    • 1 free guided tour
    • Event discounts as advertised 

    Individual

    • 10% discount on FHS items in the gift shop
    • 4 free admissions
    • Event discounts as advertised 

    Sponsor

    • 20% discount on FHS items in the gift shop
    • 4 free admissions
    • 4 free non-member admissions
    • 2 free guided tours
    • Event discounts as advertised 

    Family

    • 10% discount on FHS items in the gift shop
    • 4 free admissions
    • Event discounts as advertised 

    Benefactor

    • 30% discount on FHS items in the gift shop
    • 4 free admissions
    • 6 free non-member admissions
    • 1 gift membership
    • 4 free guided tours
    • Event discounts as advertised 
  • Gift Shoppe

    Join today or make a purchase!

  • Donate

    We thrive on donations from people just like you.

  • History

    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.

  • Work at FHS

  • Contact Us

    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome.

    10 Ashby Street, Warrenton, Virginia 20186
    Open Wednesday - Monday
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    (540) 347-5525
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