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Past Programs and Projects

The Architectural Review Board generally presents two educational programs for the public annually—one in May to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month and the second in October to commemorate Virginia Archaeology Month. See below for a listing of some past ARB projects and educational programs.  

2015 Cemetery Panel and Discussion

In October 2015, the ARB sponsored a panel and discussion regarding one of the County’s most endangered cultural resources—historic cemeteries. Representatives from Stafford and Prince William Counties participated on the panel where they were asked questions about their cemetery protection strategies and how they were utilized during land development. An open discussion ensued regarding how these same protective measures could be implemented in Fauquier County. 

Masonry Workshop and Mason’s Walking Tour of Old Town Warrenton

ARBpdf_masonry workshop picOn May 9, 2015, the ARB presented a public workshop to broaden the understanding of the maintenance and repair of the County’s historic masonry buildings and architectural masonry features, like chimneys. This one-day event included comprehensive presentations, a craftsmen open house, and a mason’s walking tour of historic masonry buildings in downtown Warrenton, led by Mr. John Friedrichs with New Dimension Masonry. A walking tour brochure, Examining Brick & Mortar: A Mason’s Tour, was produced by the Architectural Review Board.  

Archaeology Workshop on Bull Run Mountain

ARB_ArcheologyWorkshopOn October 11-12, 2013, the ARB partnered with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) to present a public archaeology workshop that included an evening presentation given by Dr. Mike Barber, the Virginia State Archaeologist, and a day-long Phase II archaeological investigation where attendees could participate under the management of professional archaeologists from Thunderbird Archaeology, a division of Wetland Studies and Solutions.  Much was discovered about the occupation of a late 18th century-mid 20th century domestic site and prehistoric camp site located within the Bull Run Mountain preserve. VOF intends to ultimately interpret the history of the site to visitors using the information that was obtained partly through the archaeology workshop. See the final archaeological study report entitled Bull Run Mountain House, Site 44FQ0313, Phase I Archaeological Investigation completed by Thunderbird Archaeology. 

Fauquier County Cemetery Workshop

In April 2013, the ARB presented the Fauquier County Cemetery Workshop, an event that included presentations concerning cemetery identification and conservation, grave marker symbol iconography, and methods for defining limits or extent of burials. Dr. Kay McCarron spoke of an archaeological study conducted in northern Fauquier County using remote sensing techniques to determine limits of burial for the St. James Cemetery. The ARB developed educational material for the workshop, including Funerary Iconography, a guide for determining the meanings of grave marker symbols.    

Rappahannock Station Battlefield Park Master Plan

In 2011, Fauquier County was awarded a grant from the American Battlefields Protection Program (ABPP) to develop a master plan for the Rappahannock Station Battlefield Park, a 26 acre property located along the Rappahannock River and a part of the core areas of Rappahannock Station I and II Battlefields. ARB members worked closely with the Fauquier County Parks and Rec Department and community partners in offering historically and environmentally sensitive recommendations for the park’s development. To view a copy of the final plan draft, see the Rappahannock Station I & II Civil War Battlefield Park Master Plan.

Catlett Village Design Pattern Book

ARBpdf_catlett village pattern bk picIn 2010, the Architectural Review Board began the labor-intensive task of developing an architectural pattern book to guide the design of new development in and around the historic Village of Catlett.  Lot and building measurements were gathered, and building forms and styles unique to the Catlett area were studied to determine the development pattern of the village. Catlett Village, Fauquier County, Virginia: Existing Patterns of Development was published in 2011. 

Fauquier County Civil War Symposium

ARB pdf_brochure picWith the assistance of a grant from the National Park Service, the Architectural Review Board partnered with community organizations and local historians to present a Civil War symposium in March 2009.  Through comprehensive presentations and a student project competition, this event brought to life Fauquier County’s role as an area of strategic importance throughout the war. 

The ARB worked to produce informational brochures highlighting the campaigns that affected the County the most and the twelve battles that were fought within Fauquier County.  Click on the links below to learn more:

Village Historic Districts

The Board of Supervisors adopted the Fauquier County Historic Resources Preservation Plan in 2001.  Implementation of this plan began with a multi-year project to survey approximately 200 historic properties in and around the Fauquier County villages and crossroad communities.  The consultant was later directed to survey additional properties and produce National Register nominations for 20 potential historic village districts throughout the County.  The Architectural Review Board worked with the consultant by gathering survey data and contributing historic information for the district nominations. 

Between 2004 and 2014, 18 village historic districts were listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including the:  Ashville Historic District, Atoka Historic District, Delaplane Historic District, Morgantown Historic District, New Baltimore Historic District, Rectortown Historic District, Casanova Historic District, Markham Historic District, Remington Historic District, Marshall Historic District, Paris Historic District, Catlett Historic District, Hume Historic District, Bristersburg Historic District, Orlean Historic District, Sumerduck Historic District, Calverton Historic District, and The Plains Historic District.  To learn more about the districts, see the Fauquier County National Register Nominations.