Cities Journal

Top 21 Small Cities In Virginia

2. Warrenton

Just a short 35 minute drive to Dulles International Airport, Warrenton is right in the middle of all the action and smack in the heart of the famous Virginia’s horse country. A one hundred percent urban town with a population of 9,803, according to City Data, this little town is growing and thriving yet has still managed to hold true to its historic roots.

The Town of Warrenton website explains that town’s history goes all the way back to 1790 when a court house and jail were built at a junction connecting Falmouth-Winchester and Alexandria-Culpepper roads where once stood Red Store, a trading post.

It also became known as a paradise for horse lovers. The Warrenton Hunt was established in 1883 and the Warrenton Horse Show was established in 1900. Whether you visit Warrenton for the history or the horses, you won’t be disappointed. Regardless of why you go, take a moment to take a stroll along the brick sidewalks, have a cup of coffee at a cafe and chat with the locals and when the Old Courthouse strikes the hour, take a moment to listen to the echoes of history.

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