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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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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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Have been to the museum several times and have enjoyed it every time. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. It is a great look into the history of the area and showcases... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been to the museum several times and have enjoyed it every time. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. It is a great look into the history of the area and showcases several different events.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in town for a wedding and had some time to kill on a Saturday afternoon. We were travelling with out two daughters 10 & 12. This was a great little museum to visit. The entrance fee was very inexpensive. You do not need more than an hour here but it is well worth the stop. Most of the... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

When you step through the door, you enter into the gift shop. It's a pretty nice shop with local crafts, stained glass ornaments, books, Native American artifacts, and a friendly clerk who explains the history of the jail. Across the hall is a wonderful kitchen museum filled with a variety of kitchen tools of questionable use. Each is numbered so... More 

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Thank NancyLee_10
Warrenton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This museum is great for history buffs. It has something for everyone. They have an antique dentists office, clothes from the Revolution era and lots of kitchen items, some you won't even recognize.

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Thank kilcolgan
Warrenton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

This is a very interesting place and you really can fill the pain when you walk into the hanging yard. A Must see on your visit

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Warrenton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I bring all my out of town guest to the old jail museum. The volunteers are so friendly and knowledgeable. There is so much to see and learn about at this museum. I highly encourage everyone to take time to stop and visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This museum is located next door to the current courthouse in the historic part of Warrenton. You start the tour ($2 per person) in the gift shop area and get a general overview of the history of the jail. There are displays that are relevant to the local area, as well as items informing about US general history. There is... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I knew nothing about the town of Warrenton or Fauquier County. Turns out the town changed hands 68 times during the Civil War so there is a lot to learn. The museum is housed in the old jail, dating back to Civil War times. It is grim in places but very interesting. The stone buildings are worth seeing and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

....spend a one or two hours exploring Virginia and Fauquier County history from pre Colonial to to mid 20th Century with exhibits in the jails that had opened in early 1800's. Helpful desk staff explain the history....and admission is only $2.00...a real bargain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This terrific little museum gives you lots of period history as well as local history. The kitchen and dentist office were fascinating; the fashion history was interesting, with items from Dolly Madison and President Madison, and military uniforms from past wars. The local history is interesting, too. You can breeze through in 30 minutes or spend an hour or more... More 

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