Fauquier Historical Society-Connects our past and our present

The Fauquier Historical Society (FHS) provides ideal ways for residents to connect not just with history, but with each other. The FHS fosters interest in Fauquier County and Virginia history by preserving the evidence of our past, connecting it to our present and educating the community about its importance to our future. 

With over 300 volunteers and members, the FHS is dedicated to keeping history alive and sharing stories with future generations. FHS is also the proud steward of the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail (formally known as The Old Jail Museum) and its collections. 

Operating as an active jail from 1808 through 1966, the Fauquier History Museum is located in Old Town Warrenton next to the historic courthouse. The original building was built in 1808 as the sixth jail in Warrenton. After 15 years, poor conditions forced the county to build a new jail directly behind it in 1823. At the same time, they added a kitchen to the 1808 building and converted it into the jailer’s home. In 1966, the complex was closed and taken over by the FHS to be preserved as a history museum. 

Learning Events 

From leading the successful Ghost Walks to offering a diverse lecture series, the FHS has been expanding opportunities to share history and make experts available for extensive learning. They host regular walking tours to explore specific areas of interest, such as architecture, John Mosby heritage and general history. Interactive events, such as paranormal tours, children’s discovery sessions and “locking up” local famous residents also provide opportunities to share history. The FHS lists their events on www.fauquierhistory.org 

Museum and Exhibits 

The museum director, volunteers and interns work tirelessly to develop and update the stories they tell through the museum and auxiliary exhibits. For example, you can learn more about what life was like for inmates in the 1800s or Fauquier County’s connections to our local and world wars. The FHS also partners with other museums and historic sites to share knowledge and develop immersive exhibits. 

Community Connections 

The FHS offers many resources and opportunities to bring residents and tourists together, such as stocking locally-made gift shop items, aiding research requests and offering the unique historic museum space for events. In addition, the FHS is a regular participant in local parades, Warrenton First Friday events and local fairs. 

Get Involved 

Visit the museum and become a part of sharing history. The FHS is looking for passionate, dedicated, and engaging volunteers to interact with visitors at the museum or during community events. 

The membership program also offers benefits to enjoy the museum and community events. Members receive free admission, gift shop discounts, event discounts and updates on FHS news. Visit the “Become a Member” page at www.fauquierhistory.org. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Erin Clark, Executive Director, at Info@fauquierhistory.org or (540) 347-5525. The museum is located at 10 Ashby Street in Warrenton next to the historic courthouse.

For more information visit www.fauquierhistory.org 

Courtesy of the Fauquier Historical Society

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