• Upcoming events

    To purchase tickets and for more details click the "tickets on sale" link

    *Please note all walking tours are rain or shine, unless given a rain date*

    New Children's Corner Coming Soon!

    Opens September 20th

     

    Explore Fauquier's agricultural history in a new interactive space. Geared toward pre-k and elementary children this specially designed area features hands-on activities for children and their families. We invite visits by families, and community groups to explore, experience, and connect Fauquier history in a fun environment.

     

    Homeschool History Day

    September 20, 2019 10am-4pm

    $5.00 per person Tickets on Sale

    Children under 3 are free

     

    Enjoy a day at the Old Jail designed especially for homeschooling families!

     

    Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail welcomes all homeschool families to a special Homeschool History Day! Homeschool families enjoy a variety of activities throughout the day including hands-on object exploration, games and a special craft.

     

    No advance tickets or reservations required!

     

    Participate in these special activities:

    • Explore the Jails Kitchen with its original hearth
    • Learn about herbs and kitchen gadgets from long ago
    • Grind coffee and take home a sample
    • Create a special lavender sachet
    • Learn about the Old Jail and what it was like to live there
    • Play with old fashioned games in the courtyard
    • Have fun with chores on the front lawn
    • Discover the history of Fauquier County and Warrenton
    • Experience the museum’s exhibits

     

    Please Note: Homeschool Day is held rain-or-shine. In the event of rain, certain activities may be canceled or moved inside. This is NOT a drop off event – all children must be accompanied by an adult. The museum is not handicapped or stroller accessible.
     

    Museum Day 2019

    September 21, 2019

     

    Join us in this annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

     

    To get your free ticket please click here!
     

    Col. Mosby Sites Walking Tour

    September 21, 2019 12:30pm

    Tickets on Sale

     

    Explore the history of the Civil War a walking tour highlighting the life of Colonel John S. Mosby. Lead by author, David Goetz, the tour will guide visitors to numerous sites associated with the “Grey Ghost” and his legacy in Old Town Warrenton. Walking tour fee is $10/person, $8 for FHS members, and $5 for children under 12.

     

    Tour will take approximately 45 minutes and start at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail. Rain date will be following day.

    FHS Annual Dinner

    September 27, 2019 5:30pm

    Fauquier Springs Country Club

    Tickets on sale

    $45 FHS Members | $55 Non-Members

     

    Join us for an evening of historical adventure! Annual Dinner ticket includes buffet, coffee, dessert, silent auction, cash bar, and special guest lecture. Ticket sales end September 16th.

     

    Special Guest Speaker: Cliff Krainik

    From the White House to Warrenton and Back: Teddy

    Roosevelt’s Epic Ride During the Winter of 1909.

     

    Cliff Krainik, a longtime resident of Warrenton, is a historian, lecturer and appraiser. He has written extensively on the subject of 19th century photography and is a frequent contributor to the journal White House History. In 1988, he and his late wife Michele, co-authored the award-winning, standard reference on daguerreotype cases, Union Cases: A Collector’s Guide to the Art of America’s First Plastics. Cliff holds a degree in Forensic Science, Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is currently writing the biography of John Plumbe, Jr., a pioneer photographer and the first advocate for the U.S. transcontinental railroad.

     

    Explore Main Street: A Historic View

    September 28, 2019 1pm

    Tickets on Sale

     

    Join us for a leisurely stroll down Warrenton's Historic Main Street. Walk with local historian Lory Payne and discuss the history, design, and stylistic changes as Warrenton has grown. Explore stories from the past that make each building in historic "Old Town" unique. The tour will begin at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, located at 10 Ashby St. in Warrenton, VA. The tour will take about 1.5 hours and walk along the sidewalks on Downtown Warrenton. Walking tour fee is $10/person, $8 for FHS members, and $5 for children under 12.

     

    **Comfortable walking shoes are recommended**

    First Friday

    October 4, 2019 6-8pm

    FREE Admission

    Historic Homes of Culpeper St. Walking Tour

    October 6, 2019 1pm

    Tickets on Sale

     

    Due to popular demand, please join us for an additional Sunday tour of Culpeper Street, Warrenton, VA!

    Known for its lovely and stylistic homes, Culpeper Street in "Old Town" Warrenton is full of history. Take a step back in time with a walking tour lead by local historian Lory Payne. The tour will begin at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, located at 10 Ashby St. in Warrenton, VA. The tour will take about 1.5 hours and walk along the sidewalks. This walking tour does include hilly terrain. Walking tour fee is $10/person, $8 for FHS members, and $5 for children under 12.

     

    **Comfortable walking shoes are recommended**

    Warrenton Ghost Tours

    October 18, 19, 25 & 26th

    Tickets go on sale September 17th!

     

    Come out and enjoy an hour of ghostly tales as the Fauquier Historical Society’s costumed guides lead you through Old Town Warrenton. Tickets are $20 for adults/children over 12, and $8 for children age 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

    Tours are limited and sell out quickly so get your tickets early! Due to limited tour sizes all tickets are non-refundable and occur rain or shine.

     

    Joining us with small children? 6pm and 6:30pm tours are specially designed for families with younger children. We strongly encourage families with children to sign up for these.

     

    Be sure to pick up your special wristband to unlock discounts at local Old Town shops and restaurants. Select merchants open late! Wristbands can be picked up only on the evening of your scheduled tour.

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    1st Annual Scout Day!

    November 3, 2019 12pm-4pm Tickets on Sale

    $7 per scout, siblings or friends (1 adult included with each scout)

    $2 per additional adult

     

    Join us at the Old Jail for a fun-filled afternoon!

    • Scavenger hunt for unique things throughout the museum and historic downtown Warrenton
    • Collect “passport” stamps at different locations
    • Completed scavenger hunt/passports will earn every child participant a special “Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail fun patch” 
    • Please, bring a snack or lunch to enjoy on the front lawn

     

    Ticket purchase includes access to the museum, a scavenger hunt/passport, and an “Old Jail fun patch.” Advance reservations are not necessary.

     

    This is NOT a drop off event – all scouts must be accompanied by an adult!

    Veteran's Day

    November 11, 2019

     

    FREE admission to all Veterans. All branches of service welcomed!

    *Military ID is required

    Mysteries of the Mural Walking Tour

    December 7, 2019 12:30pm Check back for tickets

     

    Take a step back in time and travel the streets of Warrenton with author, David Goetz. On this tour visitors, will explore three building murals hidden in Historic Downtown Warrenton. Discover their stories, the painters, and the marks they leave on Warrenton today. Tour will take approximately 45 minutes. Walking tour fee is $10/person, $8 for FHS members, and $5 for children under 12.

     

    Tour will take approximately 45 minutes and start at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail. Rain date will be following day.

    **Visitors are urged to bring binoculars**

    Col. Mosby Sites Walking Tour

    December 21, 2019 12:30pm Check back for tickets

     

    Explore the history of the Civil War a walking tour highlighting the life of Colonel John S. Mosby. Lead by author, David Goetz, the tour will guide visitors to numerous sites associated with the “Grey Ghost” and his legacy in Old Town Warrenton. Walking tour fee is $10/person, $8 for FHS members, and $5 for children under 12.

     

    Tour will take approximately 45 minutes and start at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail. Rain date will be following day.