Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage Days will take us back in time
Colonial soldiers march in last year's Heritage Day parade. -- Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Don't be surprised to see a troupe of Confederate soldiers riding horseback this weekend down Main Street in Warrenton. The street will be closed off to vehicles, and opened up to reenactors, living historians, and a parade. Buckland Farm will be transformed from a working farm to a battlefield, all to celebrate Heritage Days.
There are many activities in which everyone is invited to participate and enjoy on Main Street. General George B. McClellan will give his Farewell speech from the Warren Green Building, just as he did in 1862. The Old Jail Museum is unveiling a new display. Speakers John Toler, Frank O'Reilly, and Donald Tharpe will give the lectures: “The Eve of Fredericksburg”, and “The Federal Army in and around Warrenton – Fall 1862.”
Buckland farm is opening up to the public, which it rarely does, for Heritage Days. The Black Horse Cavalry will provide a demonstration, and there will be manor house tours, and lectures by Joe McKinney, Brandy Station Foundation President, and Robert Trout, who is a nationally known historian.
On Sunday, Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior art curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will be at the Liberty Heritage Society Museum to describe how her acclaimed exhibit was organized and selected.
On display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, “The Civil War and American Art” will be discussed, and will "Incorporate significant works from the Museums permanent collection."
Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Old Town Warrenton:
Visit the Liberty Heritage Society Museum, tour the Old Jail and the historic Warrenton Cemetery
Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Old Town Warrenton:
From 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Warrenton Caboose
At 9:30 a.m.: Historic Parade and Grand Review
Starting at 9:30 a.m.: Main Street entertainment, living history, heritage displays, hands-on demonstrations, living historians, tours, children's corner, authors, performances, and lectures.
3 to 7 p.m. at Buckland Farm:
Battle of Buckland Races reenactment, lecture, tours, living history and demonstrations.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Old Town Warrenton:
The Piedmont Railroaders Train Display in the John Barton Payne Building, and Liberty Heritage Society event.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buckland Farm
Living history, reenactment and tours.
Buckland Farm - 6342 Pleasant Colony Lane
Liberty Heritage Society Museum – 45 Main St.
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