• Upcoming events

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    *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.

     

    From Horse to Horsepower: Transportation in Fauquier

    Open Now!

     

    How has technology changed the local roads we travel on? From the Old Carolina Road to modern bypasses, Fauquier County has been a major crossroad for over 200 years. Discover how carriages, trains, and the automobile have transformed the road networks we know today. Also, explore what local organizations are doing to preserve these historic roadbeds.

    Paranormal Investigation & Tour

    March 13, 2020 7-9p

    This event has been postponed to a later date.

    SOLD OUT

     

    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.

    Second Saturday Lecture

    March 14, 2020 2pm

    CANCELLED

     

    Trails, Trains, and Automobiles; Transportation in the Old Dominion 

    Speaker: Richard Deardoff

    Discover the modes of transportation from colonial times to the present. Waterways provided the first access to Virginia's interior, followed by native and animal trails, with roads developing slowly. By the time of the American Civil War, there was still only one macadamized road in the state. Canals will compete with railroads in the 19th century. The Wright Brothers will take their first flight before automobiles are seen in Fauquier County. The completion of Route 66 will see the county's population mushroom starting in the 1970s after little growth in the previous century.

     

    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.

    Col. Mosby Sites Walking Tour

    March 28, 2020 12:30pm

    CANCELLED

     

    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.

    Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day!

    April 4, 2020 10am-4pm

    Tickets available February 2020

    CANCELLED

     

     

    Join the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail 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, April 4, 2020.

    To get your free ticket please visit: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/fauquier-history-museum-at-the-old-jail-G9C/

    *Tickets must be obtained through the Smithsonian magazine website
    **Tickets must be presented upon arrival either printed or digitally.

    Second Saturday Lecture

    April 11, 2020 2pm

    CANCELLED

     

    Mosby’s Rangers: A Legacy of Success

    Speaker: Eric Buckland


    The young men who comprised Mosby’s Rangers during the Civil War were intelligent, innovative and daring. As a result, the Rangers were an extremely effective and successful unit. After the war, many of them carried those same positive personal attributes into civilian careers. “Mosby’s Rangers: A Legacy of Success” will share the stories of some of those men who left an indelible mark on American history both during and after the Civil War.

     

    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.

    History After Dark

    April 17, 2020 6pm-8pm

    CANCELLED

    Ever want to explore the museum after hours? Take a step back in time in Fauquier's historic jail with this special evening for ages 12-14. Join us for some historic tales of past residents and journey back in time with a period craft. Pizza will be provided, those with dietary restrictions are urged to contact the museum prior to the event. SPACE IS LIMITED.

     

    Historic Homes of Culpeper Street

    April 18, 2020 1pm

    CANCELLED

     

    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 led 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**

    Mysteries of the Murals Walking Tour

    April 19, 2020 12:30pm

    CANCELLED

     

    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.

    Free Museum Fridays

    May 1, 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.

     

     

    A Night at the Old Jail

    May 2-3, 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.

    Second Saturday Lecture

    May 9, 2020 2pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    A Century of Keeping the Peace

    Speaker: Harry Burroughs

     

    Since 1914, Fauquier County has elected seven Sheriffs. Each of these men has a fascinating life story but until now there has been virtually nothing written about them. During their service, they faced extraordinary crises including two World Wars, Prohibition, the Great Depression, segregation, blue laws, and the Opioid epidemic. Journey back in time and explore these men, their accomplishments, challenges, and the times they lived in.

     

    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.

    Free Admission Day for Mom!

    May 10, 2020 12pm-4pm

     

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

    Meet the Authors: Chuck Mauro & Don Hakenson

    May 16, 2020 9am-4pm

    Free

     

    A Tour Guide and History of Col. John S. Mosby’s Operations in Fauquier County, Virginia is your personal guide to over 165 locations in Fauquier County. At these sites, Colonel John Singleton Mosby conducted some of his most famous raids during the Civil War, as well as other notable Civil War sites in Fauquier. The guide includes a map, GPS coordinates, addresses, stories and photographs for each site.

     

    Don Hakenson and Chuck Mauro are acclaimed, award-winning authors on Mosby and local Civil War history. They were named Northern Virginians of the Year by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2015.

     

    Copies of their book will be available for purchase and signing.

    Explore Main St.: A Historic View

    May 17, 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 Museum Fridays

    June 5, 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

    June 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.

    Paranormal Investigation & Tour

    June 12, 2020 7-9pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Join us for a special summer 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 and Culpeper Paranormal 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.

    Second Saturday Lecture

    June 13th, 2020 2pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Photography in 19th Century America

    Speaker: Cliff Krainik

     

    Join local photographic historian, Cliff Krainik, as he presents an illustrated lecture on the history of early photography from the introduction of the exquisite and unique daguerreotype process in 1839, to the use of glass plate negatives and paper photographic prints during the Civil War. Cliff will explore the social impact of photography, how it changed portraiture and the way in which the world was perceived. Numerous examples of photography from 1840 to 1870 will be displayed. Guests are encouraged to bring old family photographs for examination and discussion.

     

    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.

    Historic Homes of Culpeper Street

    June 20, 2020 1pm

    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**

    Free Admission Day for Dad!

    June 21, 2020 12pm-4pm

     

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

    Mysteries of the Murals Walking Tour

    June 28, 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.

    Free Museum Fridays

    July 3, 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

    July 11th, 2020 2pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    Col. Mosby’s Operations in Fauquier County

    Speakers: Don Hakenson & Chuck Mauro

     

    Known as a portion of "Mosby Country", Fauquier Country contains over 160 Civil War locations. Join local authors Don Hakenson and Chuck Mauro as they explore the history of Col. John S. Mosby within Fauquier County. Unearth interesting stories and their journey in the making of their book: A Tour Guide and History of Col. John S. Mosby’s Operations in Fauquier County, Virginia.

     

    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.

    A Night at the Old Jail

    July 18-19, 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

    August 7, 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

    August 8th, 2020 2pm

    Tickets Coming Soon

     

    The Life of Wallis Simpson

    Speaker: Laura Kelsey

     

    Check back for more details soon!

     

    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.

    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.