• Upcoming events

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

    *Please note all walking tours are rain or shine*

    McCormick's Corner

    Open Now!

     

    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.

     

    Veterans of Fauquier County

    Open now!

     

    Fauquier County has a rich history of military service and this exhibit explores the stories of eight veterans of Fauquier County throughout its history. Includes stories from the Barbary Wars to World War II. Names will be rotated periodically throughout the year to feature new stories.

    Virtual Lecture Series: Warrenton's Role in THE Romance of the Twentieth Century

    August 8th, 2020

    Tickets now available!

    $8 per person

     

    On August 8th at 2PM, join us for a virtual lecture on the role Warrenton played in THE Romance of the Twentieth Century. Bessie Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson Windsor, was an American woman who captured the heart of the then Prince of Wales, and whose engagement to him led to his abdication from the throne in 1936. A controversial figure in British history, Wallis lived in the Warren Green Hotel for several years while awaiting a divorce and traveled back to Fauquier several times with the former King. Learn about this fascinating story with historian and president of the Fauquier Historical Society, Laura Kelsey.

     

     

    The lecture will take place on Zoom, a videoconferencing tool. Guests will need to sign up for a free zoom account and include their email so that they can receive the link for the lecture.

     

    https://www.eventbrite.com/o/fauquier-historical-society-14926298787

    Free Museum Fridays

    September 4, 2020 6-8:30pm

     

    Join us during Experience Old Town Warrenton's First Fridays for free admission! Please note free admission is only during evening hours.

     

     

    Second Saturday Lecture

    September 12th, 2020 2pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Flag: An American Biography

    Speaker: Marc Leepson

     

    Journalist, Historian, and Author Marc Leepson will present a lively talk on the history of the American flag from its beginnings to the 21st century, based on his book, Flag: An American Biography. Find out--among many other things--whether or not Betsy Ross made the first American flag; the origins of the stars, the stripes, and the flag's red, white, and blue colors; and everything you want to know about the U.S. Flag Code.

     

    Tickets are $10, and $8 for FHS members. This lecture will be hosted in the Warrenton Visitor Center located at 33 N. Calhoun St. Warrenton, VA 20186.

    Explore Main St.: A Historic View

    September 13, 2020 2pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    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**

    Free Admission Day for Grandparents!

    September 13, 2020 12pm-4pm

     

    Celebrate Grandparent's Day with a free ticket to the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail!

     

    *Grandchildren do not need to attend to apply, but are encouraged!

    Homeschool History Day

    September 18, 10am-4pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    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.

    Cost:

               $5.00 per child

    Children under 3 are free

     

    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.
     

    Mysteries of the Murals Walking Tour

    September 20, 2020 12:30pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Take a step back in time and travel the streets of Warrenton with an artistic eye. 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. Visitors are urged to bring binoculars.

    A Night at the Old Jail

    September 26-27, 2020

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Join us for a special sleepover event! Be among the first since our inmates to stay the night in Fauquier’s Historic Old Jail. Sightings, unexplainable voices and sounds, and other paranormal activity have been reported by both staff and guests. This is a one-of-a-kind evening offers visitors an adventure of discovery that is unlike anything they have ever experienced.

     

    Explore the jail with a paranormal investigation and hear the tales of the jails percent residents. Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras and small, battery-operated devices, but they are not required. Click the ticket link for more details!

     

    *All ticket holders must be 14 years or older.

    **Minors must be with an adult ticket holder.

    Free Museum Fridays

    October 2, 2020 6-8:30pm

     

    Join us during Experience Old Town Warrenton's First Fridays for free admission! Please note free admission is only during evening hours.

     

     

    Col. Mosby Sites Walking Tour

    October 3, 2020 12:30pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Explore the history of the Civil War with a walking tour highlighting the life of Colonel John S. Mosby. This tour will guide visitors to numerous sites associated with the “Grey Ghost” and his legacy in Old Town Warrenton. If you look closely you might even catch a glimpse of him yourself! 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.

    Historic Homes of Culpeper Street

    October 11, 2020 2pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    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**

    Fauquier Historical Society Gala Fundraiser

    November 14, 2020

    Tickets will be on sale late summer

     

    Shh... It's a speakeasy! Step back in time 100 years, and celebrate the Roaring 20's with live music, good food, and a costume contest. Tickets include full bar, buffet dinner, dessert, and silent auction.

     

    Special thank you to our sponsors: Peak Roofing Contractors Inc.

     

    Cost:

    $90 per person

    $75 for FHS Members

    Scout Day

    November 8, 2020 11am-2pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    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

    Cost:

    $7 per scout, siblings or friends

    1 adult FREE with each scout

    $2 per additional adult

     

    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!

    Free Admission Day for Veterans!

    November 11, 2020 10am-4pm

     

    To thank all of our men and women in uniform (past & present) join us for a free ticket to the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail!

     

    *Military ID required

    Paranormal Investigation & Tour

    November 13, 2020 7-9pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Join us for a special Friday the 13th paranormal tour! Located in Fauquier County's Old Jail, the Fauquier History Museum has had its fair share of paranormal activity. Sightings, unexplainable voices and sounds, and other paranormal activity have been reported by both staff and guests. Join staff in this after hours’ tour and investigation.

     

    *This event is not suitable for children under 12.

    **Children under 18, must be accompanied by an adult.

    Mysteries of the Murals Walking Tour

    November 14, 2020 12:30pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Take a step back in time and travel the streets of Warrenton with an artistic eye. 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. Visitors are urged to bring binoculars.

    Col. Mosby Sites Walking Tour

    December 6, 2020 12:30pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Explore the history of the Civil War with a walking tour highlighting the life of Colonel John S. Mosby. This tour will guide visitors to numerous sites associated with the “Grey Ghost” and his legacy in Old Town Warrenton. If you look closely you might even catch a glimpse of him yourself! 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.