Our Ghost Hunts at the Old Fauquier Jail in Warrenton, Virginia are not for the faint of heart.
Their residual energy is still embedded in these very walls, and the spirits here will let their presences be known.
Many believe that several of those former prisoners are still lurking in the shadows trying to gain their freedom.
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The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail (formally known as The Old Jail Museum) is located in the old Fauquier County prison complex. It was erected in 1808 as the 6th jail in Warrenton. The jail was made from brick, a departure from its wood predecessors and contained four rooms, three of which were used for confining prisoners.
The first-floor room to the right was called the “dungeon” and was reserved for criminals while the two upstairs rooms were generally considered “debtors” cells, though also used for mentally ill prisoners, and “gentlemen of respectability”.
After 15 years of operation poor conditions forced the county to build a new jail, directly behind it. In 1823 the new jail was opened, but not before they added an addition to the 1808 building and upgraded it into the jailer’s home.
From that point until the Civil War, the upstairs room in the front building remained debtors’ cells while the four cells in the back building were reserved for criminals.
Conditions varied over the years with some reports from county inspectors claiming “offensive” and “dirty” cells with little bedding and lack of heat while other reports stated the prisoners were well fed, kept warm, given bedding and adequate clothing.
The back building remained the jail in Fauquier County until 1966, after more than 140 years of continuous operation.
One of the consistent themes of the entire history of the jail was the insecurity of the building. There were actually three different points in the jails history when county officials advised that the jail be destroyed and a new one erected: 1867, 1890, and 1965 when the jail was ultimately saved and turned into a museum by the Fauquier Historical Society.
An 1867 report stated that “as an evidence of the fact of its insecurity….during the past thirty years, scarcely a prisoner of importance has attempted to escape from it, without succeeding in effort”. The high number of escapes continued into the 20th century, with stories of prisoners picking through the soft-sanded stone of the inner wall and using blankets to scale the outer wall.
Some jailers took drastic steps to increase the security of the building. In one 1850 document, a county inspector claimed that because of the easy ability of prisoners to get to and scale the outer wall, prisoners were being chained to the wall and floor “regardless of crime” which, in his view, was “unbecoming of this era or any other”.
For a short roughly 30 year period the jail was also the location where private executions took place. Only a few cases are known to have been executed in the Old Jail exercise yard, but we know they were killed by hanging.
At the turn of the 20th century the jail underwent a large renovation. Steel doors, dry wall, plumbing and a maximum security cage were added over a ten year period.
While the number of prisoners during the 19th century rarely went above 10 or 15 by the 1960’s the jailor reported they were averaging 20 prisoners at any given time and would often get as high as 40, leaving about 10 prisoners per small room.
In 1966, the complex was closed and taken over by the Fauquier Historical Society to be preserved as a history museum.
The reported paranormal that has been experienced and witnessed here will send a shiver down your spine.
Built in 1808, the Old Jail Museum hosted a dungeon which is one of the most haunted areas to investigate this Jail. The executions, murders and suicides that took place in the jail and on the grounds have left a lasting impression that suggests many of the prisoners are still hanging around and eager to communicate with those brave enough to visit.
Full-bodied apparitions, cell doors slamming, lights flickering, shadow figures, ghostly hands grabbing shoulders, chest pressure, disembodied voices and footsteps, bone chilling EVPs (electronic voice phenomena)—the Old Jail Museum has provided evidence and experiences for all those that are brave enough to undertake a ghost hunting vigil here.
The dead who still reside at the jail have many untold stories. Many of the people who will walk around the building during the daylight hours are quick to leave if they enter alone at night. An eerie silence that settles over the old jail slowly becomes a haven of knocking, banging, crying out and clear disembodied voices speaking.
The only question that remains—will you be brave enough to stick it out or will you turn tail and run?!?!