Steeped in equestrian tradition, and surrounded by wineries and vineyards, today Fauquier County, Virginia is known for being at the heart of hunt and wine country. Famous for its horse farms and beautiful rolling land at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fauquier offers contrast as both a natural haven and gateway to busy Northern Virginia and the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Just 45 miles west of Washington, DC, and easily accessible off of I66, fast paced life melts into the distance opening your eyes to the beauty, Charm and wonder of this country paradise.
Dating back to the 17th century and the beginnings of our country, the area we now know as Fauquier County was listed in 1608 as part of the Northern Neck of the Colony of Virginia by Captain John Smith, explorer and leader of the Jamestowne Colony. Named after Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Virginia from 1758 to 1768, Fauquier County was founded from a section of land previously considered Prince William County.
The rich Civil War history in Fauquier County can be experienced through several different self-driven tours, guided tours, museums, and historical trail markers. Although no major battles were fought in Fauquier County, a number of skirmishes involving infantry and cavalry did occur.
Fauquier’s agriculture base continues to be a mainstay of the County’s economy, and visitors to Fauquier reap its benefits. Fauquier offers several pick-your-own farms and orchards. In addition seasonal farmer’s markets sell fresh locally produced items.
Throughout this historic county, unique attractions abound. Visitors can safely enjoy small towns with one of a kind shopping, farmer’s markets, locally sourced farm to table restaurants, wineries, breweries and scenic outdoor recreation without the hustle and bustle of more populated areas.
Fauquier County can off a place to seek calm or adventure. Visitors can find a complete listing of attractions and things to do at visitfauquier.com. Find what YOU LOVE IN FAUQUIER COUNTY, VA.