Grand Reopening

May 2
Join the Fauquier Historical Society as we re-launch our museum!  Come to the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail (formerly the Old Jail Museum) and see new exhibitions of vintage Fauquier fashions, past Warrenton businesses and Civil War weaponry and ammunition just to name a few.  Then finish off your visit by perusing the locally-sourced merchandise in our newly renovated gift shop.
For more information, call (540) 347-5525, or e-mail

In-Land:  The War of 1812 Commemoration

May 10
9AM – 3PM

Fauquier Bank Plaza:

8:45 -9:00 AM – Prelude by the Piedmont  Caledonia Pipes and Drums

9:00 AM – Opening Ceremony with the national Anthem by Soloist from the U.S. Navy Band.

A Memorial Time at the Fauquier Bank Plaza with a procession of flowers and as Mrs. Dolly Madison and others call the roll of the men who left Fauquier County to fight in the war.

11:00 AM – Puppet Show, a great children’s event.  The Battlefield Puppeteers will be preforming a period “Punch and Judy Show. Entertainment for the whole family.  Repeat performances at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM

The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail:

10:10 -10:20 AM – Prelude by the Piedmont  Caledonia Pipes and Drums

10:20 AM – Join Dolly Madison, Dignitaries from the local government  and the U.S. Marines as they hold a ceremonial  Ribbon Cutting to open the new 1812 exhibit.  Museum exhibit will remain open until 5:00 PM.

Old Court House – Main Street: Lecture Series

10:00 AM -  Mike Layman, Past President, Virginia Society of the War of 1812.

11:00 AM – Alan Gephardt – Francis Scott Key

1:00 PM – Dr. Lynn Uzzell,  Mrs. Dolly Madison

2:00 PM – Christopher T. George, Author and historian

Noon: The Star Spangle Banner and other period music of the war.

All Day Activities

8 to 3 PM  – Visit Court, Hotel and Culpeper Streets and see on Street Demonstrations by Living Historians, Crafts men, and local non-profit groups relating to the early years and life in Fauquier during the period 1800 to 1815.

Exhibitors Include groups such as:

US Marine Historical Corp – will provide a display of the time line and history of the Corp and the war period with unique artifacts.

The Aisquith’s Sharp Shooters – A 10 man Company of Riflemen with period equipment will preform drills and the Junior Riflemen will recruit new members.

Albemarle Militia Rifles – From Ft. Mc Henry will will be on board to give us first had knowledge of life in the field. With drills and firing demonstrations at designated times. (TBD)

Southern Fauquier Historical Society,Inc. will be on hand with a display of life in 1812. and of course

Jimmy Eustace will be bringing along his collection of local artifacts for the period to share with everyone.

Men’s Society of the War of 1812, will be on hand to answer questions about membership, genealogy, and how the men of Virginia participated in the War of 1812.

And of course we will have Artisans and Craftsmen of the period will be on hand to show you how it was made.

Main Street Warrenton:

Make this Weekend a Unique Mother’s Day.  Bring Mom out and visit the numerous stores in Warrenton that will be having special Mother’s Day packages of 1812 soaps, lace, candles, wine etc just for her.

1812 Scavenger Hunt -  Pick up your list of participating stores at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail and then stroll through town and find each of the artifacts listed.  Make Sure you get the Information label from the store clerk when you find it, fill in the missing message word on the form .  Once you have them all return to your starting point and receive an 1812 commemorative patch. (Patches may also be purchased at the Museum gift shop as a remembrance.)

When you’ve finished the scavenger hunt, don’t forget to visit the restaurants that are participating in our: Taste of History Challenge  several of our restaurants, bakeries, and delis will be featuring a unique item on their menus that represents food from the 1812 period, from fine dining to field rations, you may have fun sampling each of them in a reconnaissance mission.  A great way to give Mom a break from all the cooking.  While you’re there pick up a voting card and drop it off at the “Fauquier History Museum” on your way to your car, or drop it in the mail on Monday.  Winner of the challenge will be announced  May 21st.