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The town of Warrenton is known for its colorful history, horse shows, Main Street charm and gracious way of life. Warrenton had its origin at the junction of the Falmouth-Winchester and Alexandria-Culpepper roads where a trading post known as the Red Store was established. At the time of the Revolution a settlement had begun, and by 1790 the first courthouse was built, a jail was erected and an academy named for Gen. Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War hero, was founded. Richard Henry Lee, father of the Declaration of Independence donated 71 acres of land for the county seat, which was incorporated as the Town of Warrenton.
During the Civil War, the town was near the scene of battles and skirmishes during which the churches and schools were used as hospitals. Even the Black Horse Inn was used as a hospital during this time and also served as the courthouse forFauquier County when the original burned down during the Civil War. Frequently occupied by Federal Troops, Warrenton was the object of raids by Col. John Mosby known as the "Gray Ghost'" who later made his home there and practiced law. A monument to Mosby stands beside the Old Courthouse. He is buried in the Warrenton Cemetery.
After the Civil War, Warrenton became a mecca for horse lovers. In 1883 the Warrenton Hunt was established and in 1900 the Warrenton Horse Show, which has achieved fame as the "Hunter Show of America," began. In 1922 the first Virginia Gold Cup Race was run. Other hunts, such as the Cassanova and the Old Dominion, are located within a few miles of town.
The quaintness, tradition and charm of bygone eras are apparent along Old Town Warrenton streets lined with historic houses and brick sidewalks. Townsfolk gather on the steps of the post office or at a coffee shop to pass the time of day, perhaps pausing to listen as the old courthouse clock strikes the hour. A blend of old and new businesses offer antiques, furniture, rugs, toys, books, artwork, clothing, jewelry, equestrian supplies and gifts. Specialty shops and a variety of fine restaurants satisfy the most discriminating palates. A thriving farmer's market offers home grown vegetables, preserves, baked goods, flowers and crafts. Located at 5th and Lee Streets, one block off Main Street, the market is open Wednesday and Saturday mornings from April through November.
The area is steeped with tradition of the Civil War. For a personal tour please contact one of the area's experts or visit one of our famous museums or battlefields. The Old Jail Museum features Civil War revolutionary era Indian artifacts and exhibits on the gray ghost, Col. John S. Mosby. It is one of the oldest remaining jails in Virginia. Visit our nearby battlefields including Manassas, Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefields and Parks. Their visitor centers will provide you with a wealth of information and the hiking and riding trails are unsurpassed.See Inns in and near Warrenton: Downtown | 1 Mile | 5 Miles | 15 Miles | 25 Miles | 50 Miles
Black Horse InnDistance from city center: 10 mile(s)
Hunt-country estate, near historic Old Town Warrenton, has 9 guestrooms (four with fireplaces and Jacuzzis). Manicured gardens, stone terraces and pastoral views. Formal ballroom. Weddings, Corporate Retreats, Receptions.
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