This Northern Virginia museum, located about 45 to 60 minutes west of the District, offers an interesting perspective on 19th century America in Fauquier County. Located in the historic district in Warrenton, not only can visitors tour an authentic jail (earlier blog post) that dates back to 1808, but inside several of the rooms in the former prison are numerous exhibits filled with artifacts in very organized displays.
What's remarkable about the museum are the contents contained within the rooms of this former prison. All related to Fauquier County history, it covers pre-Colonial right up to the time the prison closed.
While there are a number of artifacts, a large number of the displays are related to the Civil War, which is not surprising being this region was a focal point of many major battles. There are also some other displays showcasing a variety of aspects of 19th century living, 1860s election information, World War I and World War II.
There is even a fully-equipped and stocked 1920s dentist office, plus much, much more. For those history buffs that love detail, this museum has it.
I found this to be a neat find when searching for things to do one day and I do plan to return.