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Fauquier County Parks & Recreation

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Published in Visiting Fauquier County 2020

It’s not every day you can learn about the techniques of panning for gold, visit the sites of significant Civil War battles or tour one of the first public schoolhouses in Fauquier County. Whether you are a history enthusiast or someone who enjoys attractions and nature, you can learn about Fauquier County’s culture and history by visiting the nine historical sites, the four museum buildings and the 6000 cataloged artifacts preserved by Fauquier County Parks and Recreation.  The department is committed to preserving local history and providing its citizens and visitors with high quality facilities, services and historical attractions.

Gold Mining Camp Museum

Learn about gold mining history through the Parks and Recreational department’s interpretation of the search for gold.  The three museum buildings portray everyday life in the reconstructed 1930s mine buildings, assay office bunkhouse and mess hall.  Gold panning demonstrations for groups and families are available for $3.00 per person (additional fees for a bag of creek sand with gold flakes). Guests learn the techniques of panning in a sluice filled with sand from local streams, and some visitors may even leave with some gold.

Monroe Park
14421 Gold Dust Parkway, Goldvein, VA 22720
Phone: (540) 422-8170

Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Warrenton Branch Greenway

The 1852 Warrenton Branch Railroad supply line, used during the Civil War by both the Union and Confederate troops, has been converted into a beautiful tree-lined path that travels through downtown Warrenton. As you are strolling down the Warrenton Branch Greenway, stop in and tour the historical caboose and learn about the railroad’s history. The caboose is open on the first Saturday of every month from April to October.

Trail start and end points: 4th Street and Meetze Road (Warrenton)

Trail surface: Asphalt

Features: Biking, Inline Skating, Wheelchair

Accessibility, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

The Battle of Upperville

Enjoy a self-guided tour through the park where the famous 1863 Battle of Upperville took place. The site has been commemorated with a historical marker and is located across the street from a cemetery in which some of the battle’s casualties are buried.

Upperville Park
8585 John S. Mosby Highway, Upperville, VA 20184
Phone: (540) 422-8580

Hours of Operation: Dusk to Dawn

Features: Diamond Athletic Field, Playground, Picnic Area

John Marshall Birthplace Park

Take a self-guided tour through Fauquier’s first public park.  Stroll down the winding nature trail and along a wooded creek that leads you to a dedicated monument of John Marshall. The stone pyramid monument at the end of the grassy trail is near where the Honorable Supreme Court Justice John Marshall was born.

John Marshall Birthplace Park
5160 Germantown Road, Midland, VA 22728
Phone: (540) 422-8872

Hours of Operation: Dusk to Dawn

Features : 1.3 mile Hiking Trail, Picnic Tables, Grill

Rappahannock Station

Explore the battle fields located near the railroads and along the Rappahannock River in the town of Remington. Experience the natural beauty of the river and the historic town where two battles took place between 1862 and 1863.  Visitors can observe the remains of bridges and mills destroyed during the battles.

Rappahannock Station

101 James Madison Street, Remington, VA 22734

Germantown

Explore Fauquier County’s first permanent settlement founded by German miners in the early 1700s. Germantown is a historic, unincorporated rural community located near C.M. Crocket Park.

C.M. Crocket Park

10066 Rogues Road, Midland, VA 22728
Phone: (540) 422-8870

Features: 106 Acre Lake, 100 Acre Park, Picnic Shelter, Boat Ramp (electric motors only), Boat Rental, Nature Trails, Concession Stand, Rope Course, Amphitheater, Fishing

School House #18

The first public school in the county was constructed in 1887 for white students only. It remained segregated until 1910. It is the only unmodified one-room schoolhouse in the county. In 1964, the building was identified as a Virginia landmark and has been accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. Fauquier County preserved the schoolhouse as a memorial to the history and progress of public education.

School House #18
7592 East Main Street, Marshall, VA 20115
Phone: (540) 422-8570

Tours: Reservations for tours through Northern Fauquier Community Park

Hours of Operation:  Sunday – Dusk to Dawn

Vint Hill Theater

Enjoy a performance at the Vint Hill Theater. A single-screen theater built in the 1940s, it is recognized for its architectural design of war-time structures. Built on the Vint Hill Farms Station army base, the rectangle brick building, exterior ticket window, flat roof and full stage curve proscenium were designed to create opportunities for leisure activities for those who lived on the military base. Through preservation of its original character, visitors can experience live theater in the 200-person capacity historical cinema.

Vint Hill Theater
4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton, VA 20187
Phone: (540) 422-8890

Performances: The Fauquier Community Theater. For performances, shows, dates/times, and tickets visit: www.fctstage.org

Historical Artifacts

Fauquier County Park and Recreation’s mission is to preserve local history.  There are currently 992 artifacts on display at several Parks and Recreational sites listed in this article. Visitors can view the artifacts as they tour, explore, hike and travel through the beautiful countryside of Fauquier County. They can also discover the rich history displayed by stone walls, wooden fences, battlefields, structures, museums and greenways. Visitors to Fauquier County can relish in history through tales of the Civil War, artifacts, sightseeing, and hands-on experiences.