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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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Awesome gem!

This is a VERY cool little museum in Warrenton. There is a lot of history in a small "city" block that is worth an hour or two of time. If you're grabbing lunch in town make... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is a VERY cool little museum in Warrenton. There is a lot of history in a small "city" block that is worth an hour or two of time. If you're grabbing lunch in town make sure you set aside some time to check out the Old Jail!

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Warrenton
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is become a gem - there is such history in Warrenton and the new Director and staff have really embraced it and developed a great showcase for everything! It's a 'must stop and see' location if you are out exploring - with or without family!

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Warrenton, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a really fun place to visit. The volunteers that man the museum are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. This is definitely a kid friendly museum with lots of neat things to see and learn about. They have gone through a recent renovation so if you haven't been in a few years, it is worth a revisit.

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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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