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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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Great little site!

Greeted in small gift shop/office and given short talk about the origins and history of the jail... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2016
Winchester, Virginia
Interesting history

This is a small place but packed with local history. The living conditions for people jailed there... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2016
Jan Y
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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
+1 540-347-5525

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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Greeted in small gift shop/office and given short talk about the origins and history of the jail. Tour is self guided with an informational page to follow. Rooms, the actual cells, are set to duplicate the living conditions fro the 1800's. Good placards and descriptions...More

1  Thank vatravelers2014
Reviewed 2 September 2016

This is a small place but packed with local history. The living conditions for people jailed there were deplorable.

Thank Jan Y
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The museum is in the old jail which makes the setting enhance the exhibit. Very informative and worth a visit.

Thank Travelwestport
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We had a real nice guided tour of the jail ,It was nice hearing about the past history including the ghosts . The picture of the jail cells are real strange that i took.

Thank Gerald M
Reviewed 11 August 2016

What a cool place! If you are visiting Warrenton you absolutely have to see this museum. For just a few dollars, you can walk all around the museum, see different artifacts from the town's history and even visit the site where they had actual hangings....More

Thank sherryk224
Reviewed 7 August 2016

This old jail was so interesting. The cost was $2. This is a must see. Very informative and the history lesson that is given was great.

Thank Judovf
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

The jails have been well maintained but have updated beyond resemblance of the their roots. The exterior gives a true sense of the era and the newer jail still has the hanging platform in the yard. There is no need for a guided tour as...More

Thank Christina S
MaggieLovitt, Manager at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2016

You are right, it is difficult to portray an entire county's history in buildings that have been updated since they were built. Our museum is not solely about jail history, as is reflected in the name - The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail....More

Reviewed 4 July 2016

If you are in the area, have an interest in local history, and have 30-45 minutes to kill, this small museum is worth a visit. It's not extensive, and it's very eclectic (from Native American to the most recent sheriff's election), but it gives you...More

Thank JK4321
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

We were walking around old town and decided to swing in. The $2 admission for adults is more than reasonable to check out on some local history. The original jail is pretty cool and has a lot of local history items and the staff did...More

Thank Foreman212
Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

This museum is so cool . Lots of fun to check out and they have a nice little shop. The criminal history of the area was quite iinteresting. The kids will love it!

Thank Bennysgoats
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