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January 24, 2020

Historian will discuss huge 1909 fire in Warrenton

The fire destroyed 26 buildings and gutted Carter Hall (right), which today houses the Walker Jones law firm at 31 Winchester St.
The Fauquier Historical Society will host its annual meeting from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the PATH Foundation in Warrenton.

Local historian John Toler will make a presentation on the devastating 1909 fire that destroyed almost half the buildings in Warrenton, leaving 14 families homeless.

The fire started in a downtown Warrenton stable around 8 p.m. Nov. 22, 1909.

“A corps of dynamiters” set off explosions to take down buildings and stop the fire’s spread, according to a Baltimore Sun account.

But, the blaze destroyed 26 buildings on the west side of Warrenton.

Co-author of books on Fauquier County and Warrenton history, Mr. Toler also has published numerous newspaper and magazine articles on Fauquier, Prince William and Loudoun County history.

Open to all, the annual meeting will cover the historical society’s accomplishments and programs in 2019 and its goals for 2020.

The free event will take place on the second floor at 321 Walker Drive. Light refreshments will be served.

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