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“Go in April for a surprise” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail

The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Warrenton
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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.
Nokesville, Virginia, United States
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“Go in April for a surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Finally decided to take advice of local and go into Museum in mid-April. Docent met us and gave us history of jail. Went on self tour. So taking time and looking all around. Went to oldest part of the jail. All of a sudden, air felt colder. Hair raised on our arms. Felt like someone was watching us but we were the only ones there. We left that part of jail and getting into new section, coldness went away. Told docent what happened and she took down information. Said that other people have had same experience this time of year. Got to tell a good story out of it. Definitely think it's haunted. Wasn't expecting this. Maybe put on Ghost Hunters show and see if anyone is there. Will go back again, not sure if it will be April.

Visited April 2012
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