Fauquier County , VA
Fauquier County was founded on May 1, 1759, from Prince William County. It was named after Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia at the time. The rumor is that Fauquier won the land during a poker game.
The indigenous people of the area were originally the Siouan Manahoac—a Sioux Nation tribe. They were later driven off in 1670 be the Iroquois who deemed the land their hunting grounds. The first immigrants to settle in the Fauquier area were of German and English ancestry and settled in Brenttown, Elk Marsh, and the area surroundings The Plains. The Sioux Nation later relinquished the whole region from modern Fauquier to the Virginia Colony in 1722 at the Treaty of Albany.
Although no major Civil War events took place on this land, soldiers from the area fought tin the Culpeper Militia—a hundred man unit from the Fauquier region. Fauquier is home to 10 major military units including the Black Horse Brigade, Warrenton Rifles, and the Fauquier Artillery.
For more information visit www.faquierhistory.com
Parks and Recreation
Fauquier County is home to about 58,000 people and is about 664 square miles in area. The region is comprises of many large estates, open ranges and equestrian-related events, but is mostly recognized as a major hunting area.
If hunting is not your typical area of recreational interest, then the Fauquier County area also offers numerous hiking trails, wildlife centers, and other community pools and recreational facilities. Fauquier County contains over 21 parks and recreation facilities catering especially to your enjoyment, entertainment, and relaxation.
C. M. Crockett Park
10066 Rogues Road
Midland, VA 22728-0239
The Official Gold Mining Interpretive Center for the Commonwealth of Virginia
14421 Gold Dust Parkway
Goldvein, VA 22720
Sports and Activities
In addition to the multitude of outdoor activities that can be found among the parks of Fauquier County there are a several community recreation teams for many sports including volley ball, basket ball, soccer, swimming, and more. Also, if you’re into golf, or would like to begin, then Fauquier has more than plenty to offer to their golfers due to the many different golf courses.
Prince William Golf Club
14631 Vint Hill Road
Nokesville, VA 20181
18 hole regulation length public golf course, 40 tees driving range, 70 par, 125 slope rating, 6,635 yards from the longest tees
South Wales Golf Course
18363 Golf Lane
Jeffersonton, VA 22724
Just over the Fauquier-Rappahannock border...
18 hole regulation length public golf course, 11 tees driving range, 71 par, 123 slope rating, 7,100 yards of golf from the longest tees Rye grass
Stonewall Golf Club
15601 Turtle Point Drive
Gainesville, VA 20153
18 hole regulation length public golf course, 30 tees driving range, 72 par, 142 slope rating, 7,002 yards from the longest tees, Bent grass
Directory for Non-Profit Recreational Opportunities
Attractions and Activities
Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center
33 N. Calhoun Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Every Sunday, May through October, Bealeton, VA has The Flying Circus Airshow. There are parachute jumpers, cool planes, and tons of fun an entertainment for the whole family.
Flying Circus Airshows, Inc.
P.O. Box 99
Bealeton, VA 22712
Theatre, Culture and The Arts
Fauquier County has a rich theatrical and art community offering museums, art galleries, symphonies, concert events, as well as other ways to enlighten the creativity in the children of the community.
40 Main Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Drab to Fab Art Studios
75 W. Lee Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Fine arts and crafts gallery
6477 Main Street
The Plains, VA 20198
Children Activities: Arts & Science
Absolute Art Finds
225 East Main St
Remington, VA 22734
Fauquier Community Theatre
Celebrating 27 years of great theatre.
4260 Sigler Road
Warrenton, VA 20187
The Theatre at Washington, Va
Just a few miles over the Fauquier border, in Rappahannock County's charming Little Washington
Highland Center For The Arts
597 Broadview Avenue
Warrenton, VA 20186
(540) 878-2700, ext.2733
Shopping, Dining, Leisure and Attractions
Fauquier County offers a broad range of shopping opportunities from major department stores, home décor, and electronic stores, to unique antique shops, or hand-made craft boutiques.
Antique & Collectables:
Enchanted Memories Antiques
36-B Main Street
The Porch Swing
4129 Catlett Road
Robin's Nest Antiques and Collectibles
8371 West Main Street
Department and Clothing Stores:
251 W Lee Highway
141 W Lee Highway
74 Waterloo Street
Christine Fox Inc
47 S Third Street
Dharma & Leopold's
11-B Main Street
Fashion Bug Of Warr Inc # 146
143 W Lee Highway
( 540) 347-3335
29 Main Street #2
American In Paris
694 Federal Street
Art, Crafts, & Photography
40 Main Street
Marta Von Dettingen
58 Main Street
Second Street Studio
24 Second Street
The Fifth Street Gallery
19 N Fifth Street
FB Art Gallery & Antiques
4225 Bragg Street
The Plains, VA
6364 Stuart Street
The Plains, VA
P0 Box 265
The Plains, VA
The Art Shop of Warrenton
51 Alexandria Pike
Show and Tell Scrapbooks
1149 Delaplane Grade Road
McClanahan Camera & Sound LLC
306 Lee Highway
Come experience excellent dinning endeavors for all taste buds and occasions. In Fauquier County there are casual and fine dinning locations, catering services, carry out, dessert shops, coffee and tea cafes, organic options and fresh from the farmer’s market products, as well as bars and night life for the mature crowd.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
105 W Lee Highway
BBQ Country Jamboree
9719 James Madison Highway
Black Bear Bistro &Sweeny's Cellar
32 Main Street
Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar
251 W Lee Highway
375 W Shirley Avenue
6370 Village Center Drive
6366 Village Center Drive
Poplar Springs The Inn Spa
9245 Rogues Road
Agave Mexican Restaurant
7391 John Marshall Highway
4199-A Winchester Road
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
4197 E Winchester Road
8453 W Main Street
Old Salem Restaurant
8366 W Main Street
6794 John Barton Payne Road
( 540) 364-6350
6855 Leeds Manor Road
9048 John S Mosby Highway
Jesse Straight's Pasture Poultry
5703 Wilshire Dr
Graceland Farm - eggs
Dream Keeper Farm - eggs
McConnell's Farm & Nursery
Remington Farmers Market
Piney Meadow Farms
Archwood Green Barns Farmers' Market
Old Tavern Road
The Plains, VA
Vanderwoude Hill Farm - eggs & goat milk shares
10768 Bristersburg Road
Rock Run Creek Farm - mushrooms
Hartland Orchard - honey & pumpkins
5125 Lee Highway
Grapevine Wine Shop
389 W Shirley Avenue
251 W Lee Hwy
Sharkawi Farm - fine teas & spices
Broad Run, VA
Northern Lights Seafood
8352 W Main Street
6483 Main Street
The Plains, VA
Pete's Park and Eat
Slick Willies Barbeque Inc
5171 Lee Hightway
Iron Tree Tea Garden
8368 W Main Street
Gusto di Vita
251 W Lee Highway
Regina's Coffee & Cakes
43 Main Street
127 W Lee Highway
Sweet Treats & Goodies
227 E Main Street
Carousel Frozen Treats Inc
346 Waterloo Street
Cold Stone Creamery
183 W Lee Highway
Effee's Frozen Favorites
5051 Lee Highway
11402 James Madison Highway
Fauquier County has an amazing sense of community. The county host several annual events within the community which cater to all age groups and work well for a family outing.
Annual Lucky Shamrock 5k Run: This event takes place in March; it’s a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of spring! There are 11 divisions for both males and females in different age categories. Awards are given to each division for first, second, and third place winners.
For additional information call (540) 788-4897 or send an email to email@example.com
Warrenton Point-to-Point: An annual Steeplechase race involving steeplechase racing over hurdles, wood fences, wood fences, walls, and flat land. This event typically takes place in March. For more information call (540) 347-1888.
Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-to-Point: An annual Steeplechase race involving steeplechase racing over hurdles, wood fences, wood fences, walls, and flat land. This event typically takes place in March. For more information call (540) 687-3455.
Old Dominion Hunt Point-to-Point: An annual Steeplechase race involving steeplechase racing over hurdles, wood fences, wood fences, walls, and flat land. This event typically takes place in March. For more information call (540) 364-4573.
Upperville Garden Club Daffodil Show and Tea: A gardening expo that usually takes place in April at the Buchanan Hall in Upperville:
8549 John S Mosby Hwy
Upperville , VA 20184
Fauquier-Loudoun Garden Tour: This event usually happens in April. It is a self-driven tour of beautiful historic homes and gardens throughout Fauquier and Loudoun Counties. The headquarters for the event is:
6507 Main Street
The Plains, 20184
For more information visit the website www.vgardenweek.org, call (540) 341-0988, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twilight Polo at Great Meadow: This is a great community event that typically occurs every Saturday evening from May through September. There are tailgates, food, and fun for a variety of age groups. The gates open at 6PM and the polo match begins at 7PM.
For more information and reservations call (540) 253-5001.
Virginia Gold Cup: This is a social tradition that takes place every spring. Typically this event will host over 45,000 spectators and is one of the most popular sporting events for the Washington Metropolitan area. The race features seven hurdle and timber horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tent, tailgate and hat contest, a parachute demonstration, and several booths for vendors and shopping. For tickets call (800) 69-RACES [(540) 347-1215] or visit the website www.vgoldcup.com. For further information call (540) 346-2612
Warrenton Wine and Arts Festival: This is a weekend event that takes place on a Saturday and Sunday in May. There are wine tastings from various local wineries while in the ambiance of works from local artists, musicians, and antique collectors. For tickets and further information call (540) 347-2922, email email@example.com, or visit the website www.warrentonwineandarts.org.
Annual Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival: This is a spectacular large craft show closes Main Street and spills onto side streets with food, live music and entertainment, petting zoo and children’s activities. This is a classic Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival occurring each May. It has won the Southeast Tourism Top 20 Event every year it has been nominated. For more information call (540) 347-4414
Spring Wine Festival at The Plains: This is the most prestigious wine event in the state of Virginia where wineries compete for The Commonwealth Cup. The festival has a beautiful country setting in Great Meadow, Virginia with gourmet dinning, fine art, and polo. For tickets and more information, call (703) 823-1868, or visit the website www.winefestivalattheplains.com.
Hunt Country Stable Tour: This a self-driven tour in May that moves through the Upperville and Middleburg area which is home to this country’s premier Thoroughbred breeding farms, show hunter barns, fox hunting, and country estates. For tickets and more information call (540) 592-3711 or visit the website www.middleburgonline.com/stabletour.
Delaplane Strawberry Festival: This is an annual two day weekend event that takes place in May in Sky Meadows State Park, in the heart of Virginia’s hunt country. The festival is an event for family fun that features local crafters, children’s games, hayrides, live entertainment, a raffle, old-fashioned back sale, antique cars, petting zoo, and most importantly fresh strawberries! Proceeds from this event are used to fund the ministries and outreach programs of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
For more information or to purchase tickets call (540) 592-3556 or visit the website www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com
Bluemont Concert Series: From June through August Saturday evenings in Old Town Warrenton spectators can come out to enjoy world-class jazz, bluegrass, Celtic music, rock, rhythm and blues, zydeco, African dance, folk music and more. Locals pack picnics to enjoy during the show and festivities. This is a great event from people of all ages. This is a smoke-free and alcohol prohibited environment that makes it a safe gathering for the family.
For more information call (540) 341-0988 or visit www.bluemont.org.
Upperville Colt & Horse Show: Upperville is the oldest horse show in the United States. This event takes place in June. Steeped in tradition, it extends a full seven days, and involves over two thousand horse and rider combinations from young children on ponies to leading Olympic and World Cup riders and horses. Held under The Oaks, in Upperville, Virginia, the show grounds are located forty miles west of Washington, D.C. in the rolling hills of Virginia's scenic horse country. The magnificent and prestigious Grafton and Salem Farms encompass the show, nestled on both sides of Route 50, between the village of Upperville and town of Middleburg.
For more information call (540) 592-3858 or visit the website www.upperville.com.
Father's Day Car Show in Old Town Warrenton: This event occurs on Main Street in Old Town Warrenton. Bring your father and grandfather to Old Town Warrenton for the annual car show. Fun for the whole family! For more information call (540) 349-8606.
Children and Pets Parade
This happens on Main Street in Old Warrenton on 4 th of July, youth groups, marching bands, strolling entertainment and pets are welcome! Bring anything that rolls... strollers, bikes, wagons, scooters, tricycles, carts, etc. There will be decorating that beings in the earlier part of the morning. Bring your own or use ours! Ice Cream provided by Carousel for the children after the parade! Entertainment by the Fauquier Community Band!
For more information call (540) 349-8606.
Fourth of July Celebration at Great Meadow: This is possibly the most impressive fireworks display in the region. This event features a whole day’s worth of events special for all ages for the entire family to enjoy. There are pony rides, aerial displays, rock walls, petting farms, rural living demonstrations and more. Festivities typically being at 4PM. For more information call (540) 253-5001 or visit www.greatmeadow.org.
Hot Air Balloon Festival: This grand event is located at The Flying Circus Airfield in August. Balloon activities are held both morning and afternoon with the world famous Flying Circus Airshow presentation in the afternoon. Come take a air balloon ride, or sit back and enjoy the magnificent view.
For more information call (540) 439-8661 or visit www.flyingcircusairshow.com.
Annual Monroe Park Goldvein Jubilee: Taking place at Monroe Park each September this event is fun and a great way to support the community effort. Beginning with a parade, enjoy entertainment, games, food, door prizes, a silent auction & more. Admission is free; small charge for games & food. This fundraising event for Monroe Park and the Goldvein Volunteer Fire Department is sponsored by FOMP (Friends of Monroe Park).
For more information call (540) 752-5330 or visit www.goldvein.com.
Annual Hume Day & Jousting Tournament: This event usually occurs in September at Leeds Ruritan Park. Enjoy music, face painting, a jousting competition, moon bounce, crafts, artists, traditional foods, historical interpreters, and more! For more information call (540) 364-1995.
Leeds Applefest: This delicious event occurs each September at:
11587 Poverty Lane
Markham, VA 22643
Come out and enjoy Fall in Fauquier. We'll be making fresh applebutter in the orchard! Pick apples and enjoy music, our popular B-B-Q, crafts and more! Come out at peak apple pickin' season for family fun. For more information call (540) 364-3040 or visit www.striblingorchard.com.
A Day in The Plains: This takes place on Main Street in The Plains each October.A family-friendly Autumn festival, this event will include a parade, an arts and crafts fair, live music and entertainment, a 5K run in the morning, and more! For more information call (540) 253-5470.
Boys & Girls club car & Truck Show: This fall event is hosted at the Warrenton horse Show Grounds located at:
60 E. Shirley Ave
Warrenton, VA 20186
Come out and enjoy our Annual Car & Truck Show! Check out these fantastic vehicles, listen to music, sample food, and shop at participating vendors. Awards: Top 20 and Best In Show. Don't forget your ticket for the 50/50 Raffle! All proceeds go to support The Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier. For more information contact either Buddy Curtis (540) 347-3089, Jon Gregory (540) 349-8890, or visit www.bgcfauquier.org.
Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating in Old Town Warrenton: This family fun-filled parade happens on Main Street in Old Town Warrenton at the end of October. Dress the kids in costume and come out to enjoy this year's Halloween Parade down Main Street. Afterwards, the kids can trick or treat down Main Street as shop-owners provide Halloween treats. For more information call (540) 341-0988.
Annual Remington 5k Turkey Trot: The ever-coveted Thanksgiving turkeys, pumpkin pies and poinsettias will be awarded to all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place division winners. There are eleven divisions in both male and female age categories. The event happens annually the weekend before Thanksgiving at M.M. Pierce Elementary School in Remington. For additional information, please call (540) 788-4867.
Christmas in old Town and Gumdrop Square: Join us in the Old Town Warrenton every Friday night throughout December for a charming celebration of the holidays! Children can visit with Santa and then shop with the elves in Santa's Secret Shop. There's much more for the family to enjoy including horse drawn hayrides, refreshments, a live nativity, and holiday music sung by local chorales. Main Street shops will stay open late!
For more information call (540) 349-8606, or visit www.partnershipforwarrenton.org.
Marshall Christmas Parade: Main Street in Marshall hosts a holiday parade each December. Bring the family out to enjoy this traditional, small-town parade.
For more information call (540) 364-1796.
First Night in Old Town Warrenton: Families, friends and neighbors from all over Fauquier County and beyond welcome in the New Year with a community celebration of the arts for people of all ages each December 31st. First Night Warrenton hosts over 50 wonderful performances at more than 10 indoor locations in downtown Warrenton, all within walking distance of one another. Come and enjoy jazz, classical music, puppet shows, bluegrass, folk music, magicians and much more! First Night concludes at midnight with a traditional Grand Illumination gathering on the Old Courthouse green. Everyone receives a candle, pass the flame to their neighbor and sing in the New Year as the old courthouse bell rings the last twelve chimes to midnight. First Night Warrenton is a family oriented, alcohol-free celebration with entertainment coordinated by the Bluemont Concert Series. Performances are held in boardrooms, lobbies, courtrooms, church sanctuaries, parish halls and other locations. Old Town Warrenton provides an ideal setting with its historic charm, convenient parking and many fine restaurants.
For more information call (540) 341-0988 or (703) 777-6306 or visit www.bluemont.org.