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There is a Bike Rack in Old Town Warrenton, Virginia!

I’ve looked high, and I’ve looked low. I’ve scouted out the Library at one end of Main Street, the post office adjacent to Third Street, and all up and down the historic district, and hadn’t seen any places dedicated to parking a bicycle. I’ve also seen a few bicycles in town, but not many parked among the shops and offices in town. I’ve also seen some complaints about parking in town, from people who work in town, and people who want to visit.

Finally, there’s talk of Warrenton buying some property behind Claire’s Depot in town, where the start of the Warrenton Greenway is located. A view of the property was featured in the local (twice-a-week) newspaper, the Faquier Times-Democrat, and in the picture was a bike rack:

A bicycle rack next to the parking lot to the Warrenton Greenway.

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Warrenton Farmer's Market

Shitake Mushrooms reminded me of what I really love about Warrenton.

I’ve been going to the Warrenton Farmer’s Market the past three Saturday mornings, and today I was walking past a table which had these Shitake Mushrooms on It. I wasn’t sure what kind of mushrooms they were, and I asked. I told the vendors that I hadn’t ever seen Shitakes that fresh – only on supermarket shelves. I asked how much they were, and was told 89 cents/pound, or $14 for a bag full. I asked for just one, telling them that I just wanted to try it out in an omelet. They put two in a bag, and told me to take them – no payment required.

A couple of stalls over were some incredibly fresh vegetables. The prices aren’t necessarily less than what you might see in the grocery store, but these beets didn’t travel by truck and train to get to Warrenton, didn’t sit a warehouse for a long period of time, and haven’t likely been out of the ground all that long.

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Warrenton Forums Added

I’ve been actively looking for a place where people might be able to discuss things going on around Warrenton, with no luck whatsoever. So I decided to take matters into my own hands, and started up a forum.

Hopefully it will turn into a nice place for people to come to and talk about things going on in the area, provide support and help for one another, meet new people, and learn more about their community.

Please stop on by and introduce yourself, and add something. If you have any suggestions or comments, there’s a forum specifically for those as well.

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Warrenton Virginia Cemetery - Notable Confederate Resting Place

If you visit Warrenton, Virginia to see the sights, and learn more about the history of the place, one of the stopping points you might want to make is at the Warrenton Cemetery. Last fall, it was given a historical plaque as part of Virginia’s Civil War Trails program. Warrenton played an important role to both the North and the South in the Civil War. While it wasn’t the scene of any major battles, it changed hands at least 67 times during the fighting, often referred to by the name “The Debated Lands.”

As the plaque notes, wounded soldiers were often brought into town for medical attention, and a large number of injured Confederate soldiers were carried by train into Warrenton after the first and second battles of Manassas. Many didn’t survive and were buried in the Cemetery. When Union soldiers held the town during a cold 1863 winter, they used the wooden grave markers from Confederate soldiers graves to keep warm, and the identifies of most of those soldiers were lost.

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About Lee Street

I’ve been going under the mistaken assumption that Lee Street in Warrenton was named after the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. I was very much mistaken. As a town that developed originally as a cross roads between at least 5 different destinations, the names of streets in Warrenton are pretty important, and I had no idea that Lee Street was named after a pretty important historical figure that had a very large role in the creation of Fauquier County and Warrenton itself, as well as the founding of the United States.

Richard Henry Lee was the owner of the property where the first Courthouse in Fauquier was built – which was one of the first steps in the creation of Fauquier County. He was also the owner of the land that Warrenton was built upon, and was involved in laying out the streets of the town itself in its earliest of days.

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Napoleon's Restaurant Property Has New Owners

The somewhat distressed looking Napoleon’s Restaurant at 67 Waterloo St., in Old Town Warrenton’s historical district was foreclosed upon in December of 2010. Napoleon’s opened in 1978, and was sold to Al Nosrat in 2002. Four years later he sold it to Grand American LLC. When The Fauquier Bank foreclosed on Grand American, which it had loaned $ 1.6 million to buy the restaurant, it assumed $ 1.5 million in debt on the property.

For around a year, the parking lot has been chained off, with “for sale” signs hanging from the chain. That chain is no longer there. Earlier this month, it was reported that the property has new owners.

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Community Saves New Year's Celebration

Giving thanks, connecting with neighbors and new friends, celebrating the past and the future; these are all things that celebrations like a First Night bring to a community.

Earlier this month, the stark realization hit the community in Warrenton that a First Night celebration scheduled for the last night of this year might have to be cancelled, but many individuals and businesses stepped up to deliver $12,000 in pledges to help the gathering happen. It’s the 20th First Night in Warrenton’s history.

A flag on a building on Lee St., in Warrenton

The Town of Leesburg wasn’t so fortunate this year, and had to cancel their New Year’s Eve celebration. The Occupy movement in Dover, Delaware helped rescue First Night Dover earlier this week, with grassroots efforts to draw support from musicians, craftsman, and other entertainment for December 31st in that town after corporate sponsors had to cancel out on the celebration.

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Warrenton Christmas Parade 2011

This morning, the Town of Warrenton started off the holidays with a parade on Main Street in Old Town. The streets were crowded with people, and there were more people marching than I anticipated. I got there a little early, before the crowds of people arrived.

This year’s parade is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, and was organized by the WOW Fauquier Woman of Wonder, and featured 82 participants, including NBC weatherman, and resident of Delaplane, Virginia, Willard Scott who hosted the event as Grand Marshall.

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