The Warrenton Greenway, Warrenton, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


Warrenton, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C., was incorporated on January 5, 1810.  It was named after an American Revolutionary War General named Joseph Warren.  It was a crossroads town where many major roads came together.  During the American Civil War, John Mosby, a Confederate Colonel, led his rangers on numerous raids in this town.  After the war, he became a lawyer and made his home in Warrenton.  The town had the Warren Green Hotel.  What was so great about this hotel?  Let us say that a few people like Marquis de Lafayette, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay and Theodore Roosevelt spent nights at this hotel.  Today, this hotel now houses county offices.  The home of John Mosby still stands.  As the town began as a crossroads, it remains a crossroads today with U.S. Routes 15, 17, 29 and 211 passing through the region.  Currently, U.S. Routes 15, 17…

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