Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Staycations: Sightseeing in Your Own Backyard

Welcome to our second of three "staycation" blogs. Having looked at parks, trails and locations for fun outdoor adventures near home, here are some ideas and tips for other "staycation" destinations.

Are you looking to teach your family a little a bit about history this summer?  But you don't have the time or energy to go on a long trip?  Well, there are several places right here in Fauquier County where you can learn some history about the area and have fun at the same time! Here are just a few places you might want to check out:

Did you know that the Virginia gold belt passes through Fauquier County?   At one time, there were several gold mines in the Morrisville and Goldvein areas of the county.  Visit the Gold Mining Camp Museum at Monroe Park, off Rt. 17 in Goldvein, to find out all about gold mining in Fauquier County.  Before your visit to the park, visit the library and check out Bob Barron's book Gold Mines of Fauquier County, Virginia; it's the only book written about Fauquier County's gold mining industry.

Have you ever visited the Old Jail Museum, located next to the courthouse in Warrenton?  The building, built in 1808, housed prisoners until 1966, and opened as a museum in 1971.  It's up to you to decide whether or not the jail is haunted!

Are you interested in the life and career of Col. John Singleton Mosby?  The Fauquier County Library has several books on Col. Mosby, including James A. Ramage's Gray Ghost, and Mosby's own memoirs.  After you read a bit about Col. Mosby, you might want to visit the Mosby Museum in Warrenton, which recently opened for tours.  The museum is housed in Brentmoor, also known as the Spilman-Mosby house.  The house was built between 1859 and 1861 by Edward Spilman, a Warrenton attorney.  The Spilmans lived in the house during the Civil War, at which time the house was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.  Col. Mosby purchased the house in 1875, but lived there for only two years, selling it to Eppa Hunton in 1877.

For other ideas and more information about nearby historical locations to visit, check out our mobile catalog at or check out our local history and genealogy resources online.

Happy visiting!

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