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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.

Lee Street has homes surrounded by white picket fences, and office buildings and retail shops as well. It’s a cross slice of America, somewhat fittingly named after a signer of the Declaration of Independence, drafter of resolutions against the British Stamp Act, and the person who raised the following resolution in the second Colonial Congress in June of 1776:

That these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown; and that all political connexion between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Yes, Lee Street is named after Richard Henry Lee.

The street runs parallel to Main Street, which is one block over, and there are a number of large buildings filled with offices on the street offering professional services.

A number of narrow one-way streets run between Main Street and Lee Street, with shops and offices and churches located on those streets. In the image below is the Ullman building, which was a department store at some point in its past history.

Presently the buildings on that block include a musical instrument store, a hair salon, and a builder/contractor. It’s funny, but I look at most buildings in Warrenton, and wonder kinds of businesses they might have hosted in the past.

The street is home to a number of houses, including some very large ones that have been turned into apartment buildings. It looks like a comfortable place to call home.

The remaining images can be seen from 2nd Street to Culpeper Street (which does run out to Culpepper County). Lee Street does cross over Culpeper Street, and if you follow it across, you can see a number of local goverment buildings, a small jail, and the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, before it reaches the local cementary which is the final resting place of many who fought in the Civil War.

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