In May 2008,
the U.S. Congress designated the area along Old Carolina
Road (Routes 15/231) from Gettysburg to Monticello in
Albemarle County, Virginia, as the “Journey Through Hallowed
Ground National Heritage Area.” All of Fauquier County is
contained within this Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG)
National Heritage Area (NHA).
Heritage Areas are designated and authorized by the U.S.
Congress to encourage the interpretation of history in areas
of distinctive human impact on the landscape. National
Heritage Areas do not preserve or control any land, but seek
to promote tourism and to educate citizens on the natural,
cultural, historic and scenic features that are a valuable
part of the national story.
Partnership, which led communities and businesses towards
obtaining the National Heritage Area designation, is
currently working with local businesses, local governments,
and community organizations to designate Route 15, Route
15/29 from its nexus in Prince William County, Route 15
through Warrenton, and Route 15/29 south of Warrenton,
through Routes 20/231/22 as an “All American Road” within
the National Scenic Byways Program. This “All American Road”
designation is another honorific designation that will make
federal funds available to government entities located along
this corridor for the purposes of developing tourism,
preservation and enhancement of historical sites and
The JTHG has
prepared a basic Corridor Management Plan with the “All
American Road” designation to demonstrate public and private
support towards improving and sustaining this corridor as a
primary touring route. This Corridor Management Plan is
designed to reflect the desires of each town and county
along the Byway. The Corridor Management Plan draws from
existing Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan language.
the “All American Road” and the established “National
Heritage Area” designations are both honorific designations
that do not involve any regulation of private property.