Friday, January 6, 2012

Old Town Warrenton

Warrenton, Virginia is a quaint little town located approximately one hour south of Washington, D.C. It is known for its historic old town district, Virginia Gold Cup Races and the large abundance of wineries and vineyards found throughout the entire county. Old Town Warrenton was first founded in the late eighteenth century. The first jail also known as the Old Jail was built right off Main Street in 1808. Today the Old Jail is the home of the Fauquier Historical Society. It also serves as a museum that offers the public to take a tour of the entire facility seeing the original four cells that housed prisoners as well as the exercise yard. Located directly in front of the Old Jail is the Old Courthouse. There have been seven courthouses that have been built in Warrenton over the past 200 years. The Old Courthouse is the fourth courthouse to stand in its current location on Main Street today.
Right in front of the Old Courthouse is the John S. Mosby statue. John S. Mosby was the mastermind behind many of the raids that took place in Warrenton during the Civil War. Another significant statue found in Old Town Warrenton is the statue of Chief Justice John Marshall. John Marshall was a brilliant lawyer who practiced law right after the Civil War.  These two men contributed greatly to the growth and positive reputation that has surrounded the town of Warrenton for hundreds of years.
On the surface Old Town Warrenton may appear to be just a charming town filled with little shops and restaurants however it also contains old buildings and historical landmarks that convey a great deal of historical depth. Whatever the reason may be for your next visit to Warrenton, Virginia, one thing is for sure, it will definitely be both a memorable and enjoyable experience as you walk the streets of Old Town Warrenton. 

Molly Miller
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