The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail's cover photo
Fauquier History Museum specializes in Fauquier County, Old Jail and Virginia History. Voted Fauquier Times Readers' Choice "Best Museum" 2018/2019. Free parking is available on various side streets.
Built in 1808, the front portion of the jail originally contained four cells, each of which was approved to house 40 prisoners. In 1823, after only 15 years of use, the 1808 jail was deemed insufficient and a new stone jail was built just to the rear of the older structure. The 1808 jail was then converted into a house for the jailor with a kitchen made of the leftover stones from the "New Jail" added in 1824. The rear structure contains original cells as well as an exercise yard, which was also used as a hanging yard. Hangings took place in the yard until 1896. This is one of the most perfectly preserved old jails in the Commonwealth, and was operated as a jail until 1966. Today, the Old Jail is a history museum focusing on the histories of the Town of Warrenton, Fauquier County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The artifacts that make up the museum's exhibitions have all been donated by generous local citizens.
The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail's cover photo
Did you know you can support the Fauquier Historical Society (FHS) by simply shopping on Amazon? Prime Day is only 2 days away and what a better time than now to make us your charity of choice. For every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, Amazon will give FHS a percentage of what you spend. Find out how to add us by clicking below!
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Looking for activites or events for this summer? We have an array of events planned in the coming months! For a complete list of events please visit our online event calendar at www.fauquierhistory.org/events
Journey back in time with a unique look on how the Red Cross shaped Fauquier County. From times of war and hardship, to modern times of prosperity the Red Cross has played a role in the county since the early 20th century.
We are open, stop by between 10am-4pm.
Don't forget to find our booth tomorrow during Experience Old Town Warrenton's First Friday from 6pm-9pm.
Only 1 week remaining! Our Summer Sale ends July 7th.
Join us for our Ice Cream Social today from 1-3pm. This event is free and open to the public, while supplies last.
Comment below: My favorite ice cream favor is _____________.
What do shaving cream, Col. Mosby, and Warrenton have in common? Kick summer off with a Saturday walking tour visiting the historic sites related to Col. Mosby. For tickets please visit the link below. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colonel-mosby-sites-walking-tour-tickets-60278031214
Want to know more about what we have planned this summer? Join our emailing list and check out our events calendar at www.FauquierHistory.org
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 member...
Juneteenth (June 19th) is the oldest nationally celebrated day commemorating the ending of slavery. At its height, nearly 48% of Fauquier's population was enslaved. Most working in agricultural duties. In 1860, Fauquier was home to only 821 free African Americans most living in Blackwelltown or Foxville. These individuals were typically freed in their master's will or worked to purchase their own freedom.
Sadly, not all achieved the same future. On several accounts runaway slaves were taken into custody at Fauquier's "Old Jail" to be returned to their owner or sold. Many of their fates are unknown. It was not until the ending of the Civil War that Virginia (and many southern states) abolished slavery on June 19, 1865.
Happy Father's Day from the Fauquier Historical Society! Come view the restored 1966 Sheriff's Vechile and explore our many exhibits inside the "Old Jail" while exploring today's Old Town Warrenton Father's Day Car Show. All fathers are free today at the museum!
Image: Along side our jailers, their families lived inside the "Old Jail". Jailer Turner Grimsley is pictured below with his two young sons outside the Fauquier Courthouse. Circa 1945.
We will be here until 3pm!
Happy Flag Day! Did you know this day of recongition was started by a Wisconsin school teacher in 1885? Gaining popularity in the following decades, Flag Day became nationally celebrated in 1949.
The flag below (circa 1898) is one of the few flags in our collection. It flew during the Spanish-American War and was brought back to Fauquier by a Warrenton native. Today this flag is held within our museum collection.
Head over to our Instagram for a Flag Day trivia question, and a chance to win a prize!
Some new gift shop merchandise arrived! Stay tuned for summer sale details coming this weekend.
Thank you to everyone who voted for us to be Fauquier Times Readers' Choice "Best Local Museum"! We are thrilled to be preserving and educating the rich history of Fauquier County for over 50 years. To learn more about what we do please visit www.fauquierhistory.org.
We are not alone in our efforts. To explore all Fauquier has to offer please visit our other museum friends!
Afro-American Historical Association, The Plains
The Cold War Museum, Warrenton
Elk Run Mini Museum, Elk Run
The Gold Mining Museum, Goldvein
Weston Farmstead, Casanova
Join us each Wednesday through October on Instagram as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment (the women's right to vote).
HIDDEN HEROINES: Esther Williams Tyler. A native of Northern Virginia, Esther became the first Jeanes teacher of Fauquier County and was responsible for training other African American teachers. She helped to raise funds for a Rosenwald School and organized workshops for residents of limited funds. During school segregation Esther and her family raised money to purchase a school bus and driver so the African American children of Catlett, Calverton, and Midland could get to their school. At this time no school bus was afforded to them.⠀
Image: Esther graduated from Spelman Seminary (now College) in 1908. She is pictured here with her graduating class. ⠀
Have you joined us on Instagram yet? We share different content and contest over there @FauquierHistoryMuseum. Beginning today and tomorrow we will have some new summer posts each Tuesday and Wednesday. Follow the hashtags #LexiTakeoverTuesday, #RightfullyHers, and #FauquierHistory to learn more!
MEET BELINDA! She will be joining us for the next few months as our summer intern. She is working on her graduate certificate in Historic Preservation and Public History through Northern Virginia Community College. Stay tuned for some new and exciting things in the works!
Interested in interning or volunteering with us? Please email [email protected] or call 540-347-5525.
Fauquier County was no stranger to conflict during the Civil War and local woman, Amanda Virginia Edmonda wrote all about it. Maintaining a 10 year diary, Amanda wrote about everyday life in the 1850s and 1860s. She accounts of her uncle Abner Settle's home, Mount Bleak, which is a house museum in Delaplane today.
Join us on the evening of June 13th to learn about the fascinating life of Amanda Edmonds, a life-long Fauquier resident. Tickets are $5, and free to all FHS members.
UPDATE: Power has been restored to the museum. We hope to see you tomorrow!
Due to last nights heavy storms, the museum will be CLOSED Sunday 5/26 due to an ongoing power outage. We hope to reopen 5/27.
We are open all Memorial Day weekend!
Its that time of year again, high school graduations! Congratulations to all Fauquier County Seniors and best wishes on your future endeavors. Below are some images from our archives of others who have come before you. Do you recognize any of these faces?
Clockwise: Warrenton HS 1932, Calverton HS 1947, Hume HS 1932, and Bealton HS 1948.
Have you heard the news! We have received a large piece of the Courthouse Elm Tree taken down earlier this month. We have partnered with Jason Goldman Woodart to bring locally crafted items into our gift shop. Stay tuned for these beautiful pieces coming Fall 2019! #fauquierhistory #lovewarrenton #shoplocal
Built in the 1860s by the Low Family pictured below, "Vint Hill" was a prosperous cattle and sheep farm. Originally designed in the Italianate-style, the home was renovate in the early 20th century to the Colonial Revival-style desired by the new owner. The mansion at Vint Hill was privately owned until World War II, when it was purchased by the US Army to establish a listening post. By the 1990s, the buildings function changed yet again transforming into the Officers' Club and Quarters. Today this Civil War era mansion is again under private hands and is best known to the community as the Inn At Vint Hill.
For more information on the Vint Hill listening post, please visit our friends over at The Cold War Museum.
Happy Armed Forces Day! From fighting for American Independence to serving all around the world today, Fauquier residents have played an important role. Did you know the museum has a special military admission rate? This is available all year round for active and retired military. Thank you to all who have and are currently serving!
Image: Three Fauquier County men posing for a picture during WWI.
We know historic Old Town Warrenton and the "Old Jail" matter, but what makes these places important? We want to hear in the comments below why preserving history is important to you!
One commenter will be randomly selected to receive a free Fauquier history book!
Spring has arrived at the "Old Jail", with a lovely garden courtesy of the Francis Fauquier Garden Club! Visit us tomorrow 5/18 for $1 admission from 10am-4pm. #fauquierhistory #ThisPlaceMatters #lovewarrenton
Wishing a Happy Mother's Day to everyone. To celebrate all mom's get in free today from 12pm-4pm.
Need last minute gift ideas for mom? How about a locally hand crafted necklace, a coffee mug, or a history themed gift basket already assembled! We are open and happy to help think of ways to honor the historic lady in your life!
Don't forget! Mom's get free admission this Sunday 5/12!
It's not to late for 2019's Give Local Piedmont! Www.givelocalpiedmont.org/fauquierhistorymuseum
Its lunch time, have you donated to your favorite local museum yet? Give Local Piedmont donations are open until MIDNIGHT! www.givelocalpiedmont.org/fauquierhistorymuseum
Today is the day, Give Local Piedmont 2019! Will you help us reach our goal of $5,000 for exterior exhibit panels?
It's time to give where you live! Will you help us reach our goal of $5,000 for new outdoor exhibit panels? www.givelocalpiedmont.org/fauquierhistorymuseum
Come give the old elm tree a hug goodbye tonight from 6pm-9pm. We will be open from 6-8pm for free this evening for First Fridays! Come and find our booth on Main St for some trivia and a raffle! We will be outside Hartman's Jewlery.
Head over to our Instagram to see a 100 year old image of elm tree as a little sprout! #warrentonroots #fauquierhistory #lovewarrenton
Experience Old Town Warrenton’s inaugural 1st Friday of year includes a request for photos
Did you know the "Old Jail" was slated for demolition in the 1960s? However, due to a group of citizens who came together to "save the jail" our 1808 and 1823 structures were preserved for future generations. Today these jail walls hold our the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail.
May is Preservation Month! Follow our posts this month on Facebook and Instagram as we celebrate Fauquier preservation and history. Tell us why preservation is important to you with the following hashtags. #ThisPlaceMatters #FauquierHistory #PreservationVirginia
The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail's cover photo
Say goodbye to the old Elm Tree outside the museum during this first Friday. Afterward join us at the museum for free admission from 6-8pm!
“Plant Your Roots in Warrenton” will be the theme of the premier First Friday event on Main Street in Warrenton, from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 3. Attendees will
We need your help on May 7th! Help us reach our goal of $5,000 for new outdoor exhibit signs. Every little bit helps, and goes to support your local museum! Click the link below to donate:
Check out this landscape preservation project our friends at the The Mosby Heritage Area Association are working on! What do you love about northern Fauquier and western Loudon counties? #fauquierhistory #preservationvirginia #ruralvirginia
UNITED STATES - June 4, 2017: Western Loudoun's historic dirt road known as Millville Road outside of the Village of Bloomfield. Many of the dirt roads in Loudoun are important heritage resources that represent the migration, settlement and travel patterns of the County's early populations. Historic...
Only 6 tickets remain for our Night at the Old Jail event this Saturday! Purchase yours before it is sold out. This one of a kind experience includes an illusionist show with Dean Carnegie, a paranormal investigation, and more!
Strange occurances happen at the Old Jail often, what do you think is causing the video below? Make sure your sound is on.
Do you or did you know a woman who worked at Vint Hill Farms Station? How about during WWII? If so, we would love to hear her story for an upcoming article we are putting together!
Please email her story and any images you wish to share to [email protected]. Our article will publish in June. #HERstory #FauquierHistory
History is all around us in Fauquier County. Explore the history of Chilton House and others during our Homes of Culpeper Street Walking Tours!
This week a guest stood on our front lawn, sketch pad and colored pencils in hand, and tossed off this charming drawing of the original 1820 structure that became known as Chilton House. In this view can be seen the archways leading to the entrance to the ground floor, where the original dining room and winter kitchen are located; the brick stairs leading up to the main floor entry hall, parlor and library; the second floor which has the two original bedchambers and bathroom; and the spacious attic.
In the 1930s, ancestors of the Chilton family added a large, 3-story extension onto the back of the house (to the right in this view) which had two bedrooms, a full bath, maid’s stairs, butler pantry, large formal dining room, solarium, powder room, and a full basement.
With the extension, the house has 8 fireplaces, 5 of which are functional today.
The guest is pursuing a masters in architecture at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, 90 minutes south. Her mother accompanied her, visiting from Beijing.
We will be closed tomorrow, Sunday April 21st in observance of Easter. We will reopen on Monday at 10am. Wishing you a happy Easter and spring season!
Image: Victorian era greeting card.
Looking for something to do during your spring break? Come and play at the "Old Jail" this week! View our new exhibit, try out our kids scavenger, or shop in our museum store for those last minute Easter items. We are open from 10am-4pm.
Please note we are closed Sunday 4/21 for Easter.
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