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“I learn more every time I visit.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail

The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail
10 Ashby St, County House Square, Warrenton, VA 20186
+1 540-347-5525
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Warrenton
Type: Museums
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Owner description: 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.
Warrenton, Virginia, United States
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“I learn more every time I visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

A lot of local history packed in one place. Kids love the scary jail cells! Unbelievable that it was used as recently as 1965!

Visited September 2012
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Marshall, Virginia
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“Fantastic experience, great staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The old jail museum is extremely interesting and very well run. The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I go here a couple of times a year. There is no admission fee but donations are welcome. :) They also host ghost tours sporadically throughout the year for a fee. I have not been on one of these yet, but would love to!

Visited January 2013
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“Fun and Educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We took a few minutes to walk around while checking out the rest of Warrenton. Very interesting! The museum also serves as kind of a general museum with other exhibits not relating to the jail. If you get a chance you should check it out... fun and educational.

Visited December 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Trip back in time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

The old jail museum is an excellent little museum that gives a great insight to the history of both the jail and Warrenton.
I recently had an afternoon in Warrenton and spent about 1.5 hours in this little museum. The level of detail in some of the displays was excellent and presented well.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the old jail museum and I would recommend others who are in the area to visit and support this local museum.

Visited December 2012
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“A step back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This was one of the most interesting museums in the area. We went with some friends who had just moved there, and hadn't seen it. Unfortunately we had left if a bit late in the afternoon, as we could have spent a lot more time there. The docent was very well versed in his subjects, made us feel very welcome. A must see

Visited November 2012
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