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December 27, 2019

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Portraits in old courthouse

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Surrounded by 21 portraits of historic figures, Fauquier sheriff’s deputies assemble in the old courtroom for the oath of office ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Paintings of Fauquier judges and historic and political figures adorn the walls of the old county courthouse on Main Street in downtown Warrenton. They include portraits of:

• Francis Fauquier, who served as the Colony of Virginia’s lieutenant governor and acting governor from 1758 to 1768. The county got its name from Mr. Fauquier.

• John Marshall, a Midland native and fourth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Marshall also served as secretary of state under President John Adams and in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Hanging behind the judge’s bench, John Marshall’s portrait dominates the courtroom.

• William “Extra Billy” Smith, a lawyer who served as Virginia’s 30th and 35th governor, a Confederate Army major general, a member Congress and in he Virginia General Assembly (Senate, House of Delegates). Mr. Smith died in Warrenton in 1887.


County residents worked in management — the most common occupation among those living in Fauquier, according to Viz Builder’s analysis of 2017 data.

That represented 13.7 percent of the 35,000-member workforce.

Meanwhile, 4,039 Fauquier residents worked in office/administrative support and 3,211 in sales — the second and third most popular occupations.


Fauquier inmates spent Christmas behind bars.

The Fauquier sheriff’s office held 70 at the county jail in Warrenton on Dec. 25.

The Northwest Regional Jail near Winchester had 130 inmates from Fauquier on Christmas Day.


Pieces of equipment that Virginia Department of Transportation employees and contractors will use to remove snow this winter from Fauquier’s roads.

Forty-eight full-time VDOT workers will clear county roads. A contractor will be available to remove snow from Fauquier’s approximately 24-mile portion of Interstate 66.

VDOT’s Culpeper District comprises Fauquier and eight other counties. It has a $13-million budget to keep the district’s roads clear of snow this winter.

As needed, district roads will be treated with 55,000 tons of salt and 15,000 tons of sand. Combined with 25,000 gallons of calcium chloride, they melt snow and ice at lower temperatures.

VDOT also will be able to prepare 149,000 gallons of “salt brine” to apply to the district’s roads before foul weather arrives.


The number of additional students Fauquier’s 11 public elementary schools could accommodate, according to the fall enrollment report (at bottom of story).

Those schools (Grades K-5) this fall have a total enrollment of 4,729 versus capacity for 6,176.

Fauquier’s elementary enrollment stands at 76.6 percent of capacity.

The county’s five middle schools (Grades 6-8) operate at 81.3 percent of capacity.

The three high schools (Grades 9-12) operate at 86.9 percent.

School Enrollment Data -- 0... by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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