Like many of the other Northern Virginia towns on our site, Warrenton is known for its location in the heart of Virginia's hunt country and wine country. Warrenton is home to the world famous Virginia Gold Cup, an annual horse racing event. The town's downtown area and surrounding residential neighborhoods are part of a National Historic District that is made up of over 288 buildings. In the central business district, you'll find gift shops, boutiques, galleries, and plenty of restaurants.
Warrenton is the Fauquier County seat. The town is approximately 48 miles west of Washington, DC by way of Interstate 66. US 15, US 17, and US 211 all come together in Warrenton, but the highways bypass the downtown and instead it's the business routes that mostly cut through the heart of town. Warrenton's Main Street is Main Street and the majority of the businesses can be found there between Fifth Street and Business US Route 211 approximately where the Old Courthouse is located. Other Main Street areas nearby include Leesburg, Middleburg, and Manassas.
We begin our tour of downtown Warrentown on Fifth Street where we found a public parking lot with plenty of parking. We walked up Fifth Street to get to Main Street and immediately encountered a row of businesses, including this barbershop.
A row of renovated buildings are now occupied by businesses along Fifth Street, one of the side streets just off Main Street in downtown Warrenton.
We make it to Main Street. Here's a cafe at the corner of Fifth Street and Main Street.
A Fraternal Order occupies this historic, brick building that sits catty-corner from the cafe in the previous picture on the intersection of Fifth and Main Streets.
We continue to head northwest along Main Street in downtown Warrenton, Virginia.
The sign in the far back of the picture is for the Virginia Gold Cup Association. The Virginia Gold Cup is a horse racing event held annually nearby. In fact, it was being held on the same day we were in town taking these photos.
How much is that doggy in the window? The little pooch stands by waiting to greet window shoppers who walk by.
Across the street is the Warrenton Presbyterian Church. Notice some of the Fall decorations out front?
We make it to the intersection of Main and Fourth Streets. Cyclists speed past along Main Street. Also, it looks like alot of the light posts along Main have scarecrows attached to them.
Here's a closer view of the building we were looking at in the previous picture with the intersection of Main and Fourth Streets in the background. It was Autumn so you can also see the leaves turning in the distance.
More boutiques and galleries along Main Street, including some pleasent greenery along the wide sidewalks.
In the 1980s downtown Warrenton was threatened by the suburban strip shopping centers opening up on the outskirts of town. But revitalization efforts have helped bring back the downtown.
A couple walks their dogs pass this cottage that houses a salon.
We now reach Third Street. Here's a house turned cafe on Third Street.
Here's a view looking back the way we came from the intersection of Third and Main Street.
Need a place to sit? A shop on Main Street lines up its chairs along the sidewalk.
Looking back the way we came from the intersection of Main and Second Streets we see a row of boutiques, a barber shop, and an art gallery.
And if we turn around and look northwest again along Main Street we can see a row of businesses extending out into the distance.
Here's another view of the varied architecture along Main Street in Old Town Warrenton. Massive trees surround the Courthouse in the distance.
Gift Shops, offices, and even a bank line Main Street. The Scoti is a shop that specializes in products from Ireland and Scotland.
More shops, galleries, and restaurants line Main Street in Warrenton, Virginia.
Here's the same row of businesses we were looking at previously but this time from across the street. Visitors gather in front of a restaurant, just before heading inside for a meal.
A couple of window shoppers stroll past several shops and galleries, and even a pub. Merchandise is placed outside on this beautiful fall day along with autumn decorations.
A row of historic brick buildings house a variety of businesses, including a bank.
Although the Barber Shop is now closed as of this writing, it is interesting to see the use of the old-fashioned barber pole.
At the intersection of Main Street and Culpeper Street is Alegro, a performing arts school.
The Fauquier County District Court was built in 1926 and is an example of Classic Revival Architecture. The statue in the front is of Chief Justice John Marshall, a Fauquier County native.
A view of Main Street from the front of the District Court.
Another view of Main Street looking across from the District Court, this time looking slightly further north.
Upon closer inspection across the street, we see one of the businesses includes a salon.
Here's a view looking northeast along US Business Route 211 and US Business Route 15 where Main Street comes to an end. You can see the rolling Piedmont hills off in the distance.
Next door to the Fauquier County District Court is the Old County Courthouse built in 1890 and 1891 in the Classic Revival style.
Here's another view of the Old County Courthouse. In the foreground is the John S. Mosby Monument. Mosby was a Confederate Colonel who fought in the area during the Civil War and later made his home in Warrenton.
Next door to the Old County Courthouse is the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail. This concludes our tour of downtown historic Warrenton, but there's more history to explore by visiting these sites and museums. Also the nearby residential neighborhoods feature a large number of historic buildings as well.
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