Fauquier is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The county seat is Warrenton. Fauquier County is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is located in Northern Virginia. In 2011, Fauquier County was number eight on the U.S. Census Bureau list of highest-income counties in the United States.
Fauquier County celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009 with year-long events. The festivities were kicked off with the African-American Historical Association celebrating Black History Month in February. The grand events took place on May 1 when Main Street was filled with guests and residents who enjoyed entertainment by historians, demonstrations, performances, contests, activities, lectures, Kid’s Corner, and live music. Birthday cakes were assembled and shared with the Fauquier Food Distribution Coalition. There were historical site visits including some of the confederate battlefields. Many of the local churches participated in this event with homecoming celebrations. Festivities were concluded with the First Night Warrenton on December 31. This family-oriented event included musical performances, puppet shows and a magician.
The county is exurban. There has been increased growth in Warrenton and New Baltimore in recent years. The subdivisions of Brookside and Vint Hill have facilitated the growth in the eastern part of the county. There is some industry in Fauquier County, however the largest employer in the County is the county government and the hospital.