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October 22, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: From butcher to museum director

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“We moved here from Fairfax because we wanted a slower, better pace of life,” says Teresa Reynolds, The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail director.
When my children were little, I took them to many historical places so they could learn. If you don’t know your history, then you don’t know where you came from and where to go . . . . I want to preserve and teach. I was very lucky to get this job. The door opened at the right time.
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She works to preserve and share Fauquier County’s rich history.

Teresa Reynolds, the director of The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, develops and manages eight rooms of exhibits, among other duties.

Items on display date from the 1800s into the 1960s.

A lifelong learner, Mrs. Reynolds went back to school to study history and to specialize in museum studies after working as a master butcher for 25 years.

As the museum’s new director, her goals include educating the community by preserving the past and connecting the present.

“If you don’t know your history, then you don’t know where you came from and where to go. We don’t want history to be repeated. I want to preserve and teach,” she says.

The museum includes two jails built 200 years ago, now full of items donated and loaned by citizens.

Among the more interesting exhibits, Mrs. Reynolds cites an entire dental office, complete with an x-ray machine from the early 20th century.

She moved to Fauquier County 20 years ago from Fairfax, “because we wanted a slower, better pace of life,” she said. This county “is still rural, even though there are parts exploding with growth.”

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.

• Age
46

• Home
New Baltimore

• Work
Director of The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail since June. Builds and develops exhibits, builds memberships, develops the gift shop, organizes fundraisers, coordinates volunteers, manages the budget and more. She previously had volunteered at the museum. She worked 25 years as a master butcher, most recently for five years at Whole Foods in Fairfax.

• Why do you do the job?
When my children were little, I took them to many historical places so they could learn. If you don’t know your history, then you don’t know where you came from and where to go. We don’t want history to be repeated. I want to preserve and teach. I was very lucky to get this job. The door opened at the right time.

• Family
Husband, Brian; three children, John, Cassidy and Taylor, and three grandchildren, Jewel, Jazmyn and Johnathan.

• Education
Associate’s degree, Lord Fairfax Community College, 2010; bachelor’s in history, University of Virginia, 2012; master’s in museum studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2014.

• Civic involvement
Volunteer docent at Montpelier, James Madison’s home in Orange County and volunteers building exhibits for The Cold War Museum at Vint Hill.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1994, twenty years.

• Why do you live here?
This is our home. We moved here from Fairfax because we wanted a slower, better pace of life. I’m glad my family was raised here and my grandchildren are still here. I wanted my children to be able to be outside without worrying about them. In Fauquier County you still have the small town feel. The schools are great.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s still rural, even though there are parts exploding with growth. The best part is they have controlled growth. It’s really nice to have a small town feel and only really be 50 minutes from D.C.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
They are very good about pulling in small businesses, but they need to make it easier. Promote more of that to keep people in the county. (Working at) Whole Foods really instilled in me the buy local, eat local aspect.

• What do you do for fun?
I like to cook. I love to read. Go to the movies and spend time with my grandkids.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
There are a lot of cool places. There is so much to love about Fauquier County. I like driving on the rural roads in northern Fauquier County and ending up on a dirt road. I love being close to the mountains. Closer to home, I like Lake Brittle, because it’s not crowded.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
If we are not careful, we are going end up like Gainesville. We have to be careful about the business and the growth but we need to keep what we have here. We have to make sure we maintain it and not loose it for growth’s sake.

• Favorite TV show?
I don’t watch a lot of television, but when I do, I watch “Star Trek.”

• Favorite movie?
“The Shawshank Redemption”

• Favorite book?
There are just too many to name. I love to read. It would be too difficult to pick one.

• Favorite vacation spot?
The Scottish Highlands

• Favorite food?
Cheese

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
From my father, Dick: “Don’t let someone bring you down to their level. Just stay above them and treat them like you want to be treated, and maybe one day it will rub off on them.”

• Who’s your hero and why?
The Dalai Lama, because he’s such a selfless person who promotes peace and equality. I have always strived to be like him. Anyone who fights for equality is a hero to me.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Probably give it away.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• After working in New York and Italy, Christine Fox moved home to open fashion boutique 25 years ago.

• Steve Lewis develops hunting reality show on Dish Network.

• Julia Trumbo grew up in the family grocery business.

• Tax preparer Renée Turner enjoys owning a business in Old Town Warrenton.

• ICU staff Carol Jones values patients’ trust.


• Wilson Sanabria grew up working in his family’s Warrenton restaurant and learning to box.

• One-man band Peter Fakoury quit 9-to-5 to learn from children.

• Liberty graduate Brittany Aubrey works in the smile business.

• Walmart cashier Lulu Baer loves to play violin and several community roles.

• In Sandra Alm, SPCA dogs have a loyal companion.

• St. James’ Episcopal new Rector Ben Maas appreciates community’s embrace

• Bicycles dominate work and play for Brian Larson.

• Teaching music therapy combines Abigail Newman’s passions.

• Brenda Rich leads volunteers who organize and run the Fauquier County Fair.

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.


• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.


• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.


• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”


• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.


• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.


• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.


• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.


• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.


• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.


• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people


• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.


• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.


• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.


• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.


• Pastor a constant in Calverton.


• She keeps the courthouse spotless.


• He loves working working outdoors at the park.


• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton
















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