Fauquier County

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About Fauquier County

  • Contained by: Virginia
  • Time zone(s): North American Eastern Time Zone
  • Events: Battle of Thoroughfare Gap

Fauquier ( /fɔːˈkɪər/) is a county located in the United States Commonwealth of Virginia. As of 2010, the county's population was 68,010. Fauquier County's county seat is Warrenton, and the county is a part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. At the time of European encounter, a sub-group of the Siouan-speaking Manahoac tribe, the Whonkentia, inhabited the area. They were forced out around 1670 by the Iroquois (Seneca), who did not resettle the area. The Conoy camped briefly near The Plains, from 1697 to 1699. The Six Nations ceded the entire region including modern Fauquier to Virginia Colony at the Treaty of Albany, in 1722. Fauquier County was established on May 1, 1759, from Prince William County. It is named for Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia at the time, who won the land in a poker game, according to legend. American Civil War battles in Fauquier County included (in order) the First Battle of Rappahannock Station, Battle of Thoroughfare Gap, Battle of Kelly's Ford, Battle of Aldie, Battle of Middleburg, Battle of Upperville, First and Second Battle of Auburn, Battle of Buckland Mills, and the Second Battle of Rappahannock Station. Fauquier County

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