Fauquier County is located in the Piedmont region of rural Virginia, about an hour from Washington D.C. Its residents are equestrians, winery lovers and enthusiastic outdoorsmen and women. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the bustling cities of Northern Virginia, many in the county choose to take advantage of both. Warrenton, the charming county seat, is a friendly small town with an historic main street and some bona fide ties to Civil War heroes.
Fauquier Health is a community health system dedicated to high-quality, patient-centered care in a unique environment that considers the multiple facets of healing and respects the individuality of each and every patient. Located at 500 Hospital Drive in Warrenton, Virginia, Fauquier Health is a Planetree-designated facility and serves the residents of Fauquier and several surrounding counties. It comprises: Fauquier Hospital, a fully-accredited, 97-bed hospital; Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 115-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility; the Villa at Suffield Meadows, an assisted living facility; the Wound Health Center and a medically supervised Wellness Center offering health and wellness programs. Fauquier Health also operates ten physician’s offices, including primary care and specialties. In 2012, Fauquier Health provided almost $12 million in community benefit support to its community.
Dating back to the 17th century and the beginnings of our country, Fauquier County was named after Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Virginia. Steeped in equestrian tradition, and surrounded by wineries and vineyards, today Fauquier County is known for being at the heart of hunt and wine country. The county attempts to protect and encourage its agricultural heritage while at the same time, encouraging new businesses. Many thousands of acres are protected under land easements that ensure Fauquier’s rolling hills will be preserved well into the future. Fauquier has three incorporated towns, including The Plains, Warrenton (the county seat), and Remington, and many small historic villages. Residents are served by a thriving school system with three high schools, four middle schools and seven elementary schools, as well as three branch libraries.
Equestrian events are numerous and varied. The Plains, in northern Fauquier, is home to the Great Meadow events center, which hosts point-to-point races, horse shows and jumping competitions, as well as polo matches every weekend during the spring and summer. The Virginia Gold Cup (in May) and the International Gold Cup (in October) are prestigious steeplechase events that draw tens of thousands of visitors to the county. In Warrenton, the Warrenton Horse Show is a youth-run event that has been going on for more than 100 years. Two dozen wineries in the county provide an opportunity for visitors to relax and enjoy bucolic views and locally made wine. Most vineyards host wine-tastings and other events, and the Virginia Wine Festival is held in September, as well. The rich Civil War history in Fauquier County can be experienced through several different self-driven tours, guided tours, museums, and historical trail markers, and a walk down Main Street in Warrenton is a stroll through Virginia’s rich history. Children and adults alike are drawn to the Flying Circus in southern Fauquier, which presents a wing-walking airshow every Sunday afternoon. Other annual events, like the Scottish Games and Festival, Evening Under the Stars and First Night in Warrenton, dot the annual calendar.