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156-0019 Warrenton Historic District

Warrenton Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 08/16/1983

NRHP Listing Date 10/13/1983

NRHP Reference Number 83004243

From its beginnings as a colonial village, the prosperous community of Warrenton has been home to lawyers and politicians such as John Marshall, who practiced here; William Smith, governor of Virginia in 1846-49 and 1864-65; and Eppa Hunton, Confederate general and U.S. congressman. Known as Fauquier Court House until its incorporation in 1810, Warrenton takes its present name from the Warren Academy. The Fauquier County community has long been noted for its beautiful setting, healthful climate, and cultivated society. As a result it boasts an exceptional collection of houses, churches, and commercial buildings in a wide range of styles. The district also preserves a number of structures associated with the Civil War, when Warrenton was variously occupied by both sides. The architectural focal point is the county courthouse, a Classical Revival building erected in 1890 on the site of an earlier courthouse. The most prestigious residences line Culpeper and Falmouth streets.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: April 13, 2021