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The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail

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Address: 10 Ashby St, County House Square, Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone Number: +1 540-347-5525
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Description: Built in 1808, the front portion of the jail originally contained four...
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 1823. 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.
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We love this little museum

This is an easy museum to visit. My kids love it and love to bring their friends there. Lots of interesting things to see. Mostly they love the old exercise/execution yard and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 13, 2014
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Fairfax, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is an easy museum to visit. My kids love it and love to bring their friends there. Lots of interesting things to see. Mostly they love the old exercise/execution yard and the old cells. Great little spot to visit in a great town.

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Warrenton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Neat, local, history tour for families. Knowledgeable staff. More to it than meets the eye from the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We made it a point to check out the old jail as a historic reference point on our trip. It's small but filled with some great history. The museum is set up to give you an understanding of both the history of the building and the area in general. We loved it and would recommend it to anyone visiting Warrenton.

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Manassas, Va.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nice little museum within the Old Town section of Warrenton. Worth a visit if you're in the area. The history here is preserved well and you'll learn much of the historic era for the town.

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Woodstock, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a unique historic place in "Old Town Warrenton" right next to the county courthouse...an actual Civil War era jail. See the cell and jail yard from the inside!. Check out extensive displays and artifacts of jail life. Enjoy well versed volunteer docents giving interesting and informative tours. If your kids misbehave you can bring them here (for an... More 

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Orange, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This wonderful museum has such a nice variety of exhibits that you should not believe the name says it all. You will enjoy artifacts about Lafayette, dentistry, wines, cooking, fashions, police equipment and so much more. Their gift shop features treasures crafted by local artisans so you're obtaining something unique to Fauquier County/Town of Warrenton.

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Warrenton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The old jail museum is located in the charming town of Warrenton, VA. It is a relatively small museum but with lots of content relating to historic Warrenton and the Civil War. Entrance is free, with donations accepted and appreciated. You tour on your own, but there is always a docent present to provide information or answer questions. We have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Doesn't look like much on the outside, but there is plenty of history inside. Lots of exhibits from the Civil war too. Upstairs there are actual jail cells

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Herndon, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to the jail. We were greeted by a lady who has been there for many years. Although this is a self guided tour, she told us the history of both jails. She was very knowledgeable. The front part of the jail originally contained four cells, holding 40 prisoners each. After 15 years, it was decided to... More 

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Marshall, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This exceeded my expectations. A very well presented museum within the 2 old jails. There is information on the jails themselves as well as local Civil War artifacts and information. Each room holds something different; the complete 1920's dental room is intriguing and the solitary confinement cells are actually quite harrowing. There is plenty of written information that can be... More 

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