Welcome

to the online home of the

Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation

and the Foundation’s Headquarters: The John Kenneth Gott Library

We invite you to explore this site to learn about our organization, plan a visit to our John K. Gott Library, make a contribution, or see how we can assist you with your genealogical or historical research.

Located in Marshall, Virginia, the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1993 to encourage the citizens of Fauquier County to become more familiar with the rich heritage of the area. Over time it has expanded that encouragement to include anyone who may be interested in Fauquier County worldwide.

Visitors and researchers coming to the John K. Gott Library will find a wealth of genealogy and family research materials, particularly those related to Fauquier County, as well as historical research already completed and compiled by others, books and items that may not be available elsewhere, and many other unique resources and documents.

Knowledgeable volunteers are available to assist with research and guide people to other sources. To make the collection more useful, the library’s volunteers are also working on sorting and indexing the papers and other resource materials, and cataloging the book collection.

In addition to serving as a resource for genealogical studies, FHPF owns a collection of rare historical photographs. Prints of these photos and permission to use them are available for purchase.

We collect archival material related to the County’s colonial past and recent history, and provides a resource for both the study of county history and for genealogical studies. We also sponsor educational and entertaining events designed to heighten awareness of the legacy of Fauquier County’s founding families.

An ever-expanding collection of historical documents is housed in the John Kenneth Gott Library (formerly the Old Salem Meeting House), located at 4110 Winchester Road in the town of Marshall. Many of these documents were donated by the late John K. Gott, the late T. Triplett Russell, the late Catherine Price Kent, and the late Elizabeth W. McNamara. Please check out the John Kenneth Gott Library website (http://fhpf.org) for more information.

Library

Visitors and researchers coming to the John K. Gott Library will find a wealth of genealogy and family research materials, particularly those related to Fauquier County, as well as historical research already completed and compiled by others, books and items that may not be available elsewhere, and many other unique resources and documents.

Knowledgeable volunteers are available to assist with research and guide people to other sources. To make the collection more useful, the library’s volunteers are also working on sorting and indexing the papers and other resource materials, and cataloging the book collection.

In addition to serving as a resource for genealogical studies, FHPF owns a collection of rare historical photographs. Prints of these photos and permission to use them are available for purchase.

Library Hours
Monday: 9am-1pm
Tuesday: noon-4pm
Wednesday: 9am-noon
2nd Saturday of every month: 1pm-3pm

Visitor Center

Found in the front room of the John Gott Library is the Armistead F. Wine Visitor’s Center, in which we display some of the wonderful historic items that have been donated to us over the years.  One wall of the Visitor’s Center is dedicated to local veterans, while other displays include the “Mosby” saddle, the bell from Old Stone Academy (which was part of what is now the Gott Library), old photos and maps, and cases full of local historic memorabilia and artifacts.  The Visitor Center is also where we have some items for sale (mostly books related to local history, some of which are by our founder, John Gott).

The Visitor Center is open during Library hours

Become a Member

If you are interested in becoming a member of FHPF, please print out our Membership Form and mail it to us, along with your check, made payable to the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation.  Our modest dues help us to pay for some of the John Gott Library’s basic expenses, and also help to fund the cost of our monthly newsletter, which is mailed to all of our members.