About Fauquier County...
Steeped in equestrian tradition, and surrounded by wineries and vineyards, today
Fauquier County is known for being at the heart of hunt and wine country. Famous for
its horse farms and beautiful rolling land at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
Fauquier offers contrast as both a natural haven and gateway to bustling Northern
Virginia and the D.C. Metropolitan Area.
Dating back to the 17th century and the beginnings of our country, the area we now
know as Fauquier County was listed in 1608 as part of the Northern Neck of the
Colony of Virginia by Captain John Smith, explorer and leader of the Jamestowne
Colony. Named after Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Virginia
from 1758 to 1768, Fauquier County was founded from a section of land previously
considered Prince William County.
The rich Civil War history in Fauquier County can be experienced through several
different self-driven tours, guided tours, museums, and historical trail markers.
Although no major battles were fought in Fauquier County, a number of skirmishes
involving infantry and cavalry did occur.
After the second Battle of Manassas, which took place just 15 minutes from Fauquier
by today's travel standards, over 1,800 wounded soldiers were brought to Warrenton
to makeshift hospitals set up in Warrenton's businesses, churches and homes.
In 1862, Union General McClellan said farewell to his troops, as Commander of
the Army of the Potomac, from the balcony of what is now the Warren Green Building.
Other interesting facts
- In 1909 Warrenton experienced a major fire that destroyed close
to half its structures, including the county courthouse
- Wallis Warfield Spencer, the future Duchess of Windsor,
set up residency at the Warren Green Hotel to get her first divorce
- President Teddy Roosevelt (1901-1909) rode horseback from Washington
to Warrenton and back in one day to prove such a trip was possible
- The John Kennedy family came to Fauquier for recreation during
their years in Washington
Towns & Villages in Fauquier County
Fauquier has three incorporated towns, including The Plains, Warrenton,
and Remington, and many small historic villages.