• Featured Exhibits

    Women Are People:

    The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia

    The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia was the most successful suffrage organization in the South. The ESL played an instrumental role in educating the state on women's suffrage, pushing for an amendment to the state constitution, and eventually attempting to get the 19th amendment ratified in Virginia. Come to the museum to learn more about the history the ESL and how they brought the suffrage movement to Fauquier County.

    William Smith, or 'Extra Billy":

    The Story of a Long Time Warrenton Resident who was a Politician, Civil War General, and much, much more  

    William Smith, also known as “Extra Billy,” was a man who lived an extraordinary life in the very sense of the word. He built a transportation line from the ground up which eventually connected the Capital in Washington with Milledgeville, Georgia. He would go on to hold political office many times, ending up in the State and Federal governments. A two-time Governor of Virginia, Smith also commanded troops in the Civil War during important battles such as Manassas, Antietam, and Gettysburg. Even after the War, Smith found ways to participate in government and was eventually elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. To add to all his adventures in politics, war, and business, he wound up in California for a few years successfully practicing his first profession, law, during the Gold Rush. To learn more, come see our newest exhibit about his life!

  • More Events

    Take a look at some events we have run before and are coming again!

    Historic Happy Hour

    Fall 2024 date to be announced soon!

    Tickets: Free for members, non-member see below


    In appreciation of our members to the Fauquier Historical Society the museum is holding a Historic Happy Hour from 6PM to 8PM Saturday September 11! There will be wine, beer, and light appetizers provided as well as stories from our staff and board of sensational court cases in Fauquier history.


    Members get in free while non-members will receive access to the event as well as a years membership to the Fauquier Historical Society with the purchase of a $30 ticket (the exact price of membership). Get a non-member friend to purchase membership for the event and win a free 1776 Eugene Scheel map! RSVP by emailing info@fauquierhistory.org, calling 540-347-5525 or registering for a ticket on right here

    Annual Yard Sale

    Spring Festival

    2024 date to be announced soon

    9 AM to 3 PM


    The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail is holding our Annual Spring Yard Sale, but in the fall! Spring Festival was rescheduled in Warrenton to September 24th and so our yard sale will be held during the festival. Shop the tables on our front lawn for great stuff you didn't know you needed. And don't forget to plan time to explore the museum, too.

    Annual Warrenton

    Ghost Walk Tours!

    2024 dates to be announced soon!

    tours every 15 minutes

    Tours last 1 hour


    Purchase here


    Join the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail for a journey through Warrenton's history of terrifying occurrences, unexplainable happenings and down right scary paranormal sightings. Each group will be guided from the Old Jail in Warrenton throughout the town where story-tellers will feature chilling, true tales of spirits haunting the town.

    Advanced registration is required and there will be six timeslots available for both nights from 7:00PM to 8:30PM on October 22rd and October 29th . Tickets are $15 per person.


    *This tour is not suitable for children under 12

    **All children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult

    Third Annual Scout Day

    2024 date to be announced soon!

    11AM to 3PM

    $7 per scout sibling or friends

    1 adult free with each scout

    Get ticket here



    This is the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail's Third Annual Scout Day, where scouts will come to the museum, pick up a specially designed scavenger hunt of the museum and the town and collect a special Fauquier History Patch. Scouts will find stamps at select locations to put on their scavenger hunt. They will have access to the entire museum for the hunt. The event takes place Sunday, November 7, 2021 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


    This event will take place rain or shine. This is not a drop off event - scouts must be accompanied by an adult

    Ticket purchase includes access to the museum, scavenger hunt/passport, and a "Old Jail fun patch"

    Advance reservations are not necessary