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The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail

10 Ashby St, Warrenton, VA 20186-3201
+1 540-347-5525
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Nice little museum

Enjoyed learning some history of the area. The Old Jail was maintained in good condition and the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jimmy S
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Surf City, United States
Cool small town museum

Lot's a stuff to look at in such a small place. Interesting to visualize yourself in the cells or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
2fatguys
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Warrenton, Virginia
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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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10 Ashby St, Warrenton, VA 20186-3201
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed learning some history of the area. The Old Jail was maintained in good condition and the staff provided a brief, but thorough, history.

Thank Jimmy S
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FHMDirector1808, Manager at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Jimmy S, We are glad you enjoyed your visit! Hope you will visit us again.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lot's a stuff to look at in such a small place. Interesting to visualize yourself in the cells or courtyard. If you're in town and have never stopped by, it's well worth taking an hour or so out of your day to visit.

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FHMDirector1808, Manager at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and could visualize a stay in the jail. We hope you will visit us again as we have a new exhibit opening this October!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun visit to this historic jail! The man that ran the visitor center gave us a great tour and told us many stories about the jails history! Very nice tour! Watch out for the cell mate still lurking in the second building! Lol!

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FHMDirector1808, Manager at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Momklaus- We are glad you enjoyed your visit and meet our resident inmate, Chuck, upstairs! We have new exhibits opening in October 2018 so we hope you will visit us again soon.

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Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

A small museum containing a number of interesting exhibits. If paying a visit to Warrenton then it’s worth spending some time here as the museum has clearly been lovingly created on a limited budget and provides an insight into the town’s history. It’s well worth...More

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FHMDirector1808, Manager at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for the kind words. We have new exhibits coming later this month!

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Reviewed June 12, 2018

Interesting very small museum, and the curator has lots of fun stories to tell. He will take you on a tour or you can go by yourself. Ten minutes or an hour - up to you. Worth doing!

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FHMDirector1808, Manager at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2018

Thank you for visiting us, and I am glad to hear you enjoyed the museum. We have a new exhibit opening June 30th, we hope you will visit us again to see it.

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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Interesting little museum in Old Town Warrenton. A nice place to stop as you stroll through the town. The volunteer docent was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. There were lots of interesting well labeled artifacts and they say the exhibits change regularly, so you can...More

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Museum D, Manager at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2018

Thank you for visiting us, we are glad you enjoyed your visit! We will have several new exhibits opening this summer and fall.

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

Not everyday you get to see some of the items that this museum has. Photo opportunities for a cute remembrance of your visit.

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Museum D, Manager at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2018

We are very glad you enjoyed your visit! We hope you will visit us again to see our rotating exhibits.

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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

We wondered in from the cold and wind not knowing what we would find and what a great surprise! Seth and Chris were very welcoming! Seth is very knowledgable about local history and is a great source of info about the museum and town. Definitely...More

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Museum D, Manager at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2018

We are glad you had a great time on a chilly day! We love hearing feedback about our volunteers, thank you. We hope you will come back to the museum often.

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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

A hidden gem in Warrenton. Lots of background info from the curator. Food for all ages, highly recommend!

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Reviewed April 10, 2017

There is a surprise at the end of the self tour.It catches you off guard. Takes you down memory lane of what Warrenton Va. used to be like.

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