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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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Cheap & informative

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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Olney, Maryland
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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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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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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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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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Address: 10 Ashby St, County House Square, Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone Number: +1 540-347-5525
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Warrenton
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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