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Preserve America is a national initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; the U.S. Departments of Defense, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Education; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities; and the President's Council on Environmental Quality.

Preserve America Community:
Warrenton, Virginia

Warrenton, Virginia (population 6,670), county seat of Fauquier County, was founded in the 1760s at a crossroads of two main thoroughfares. Its strategic location made it a target during the Civil War, and the community changed hands between the Union and Confederate armies 67 times. Warrenton was a center for the raiding activities of Confederate partisan leader Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the legendary “Grey Ghost.”

Commemoration of the 1825 visit of General Lafayette, Warrenton Courthouse, Warrenton, Virginia
Commemoration of the 1825 visit of General Lafayette, Warrenton Courthouse, Warrenton, Virginia

The town has purchased Mosby’s home, Brentmoor, and is partnering with the non-profit John S. Mosby Foundation to transform the property into a focal point for heritage tourism.

The historic home will be restored as a museum, and a new Warrenton-Fauquier County Visitor Center will be constructed on the grounds. Brentmoor is located in Warrenton’s historic district, which is listed in the National
Register of Historic Places.

During the 1980s, Warrenton’s downtown was threatened by the competition of nearby strip shopping centers. However, since Warrenton became a designated Virginia Main Street community in 1989, almost 400 downtown buildings have been rehabilitated, and $18 million in private funds and $357,000 in public funds have been invested in the downtown.

For more information

Town of Warrenton: www.townofwarrenton.com

The Partnership for Warrenton Foundation: www.historicwarrenton.org

National Register Travel Itinerary: www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/VAmainstreet

Posted May 26, 2009

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