Warrenton in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Norris Tavern / The Warren Green
Norris Tavern. On this site stood the Norris Tavern built by Thaddeus Norris in 1819. It was the scene of a banquet tendered to General Lafayette by the citizens of Fauquier on his visit to the United States in 1825.
The Warren Green. In 1843 the Norris Tavern was converted into an academy and later again into the Warren Green Hotel. Here General McClellan bade farewell to his officers November 11, 1862, on being relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac.
Erected by Fauquier Historical Society.
Location. 38° 42.783′ N, 77° 47.744′ W. Marker is in Warrenton, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of Culpeper Street and Hotel Street, on the left when traveling north on Culpeper Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Warrenton VA 20188, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Executions in the Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); Warrenton (within shouting distance of this marker); John Singleton Mosby (within shouting distance of this marker); Lafayette’s Stepping Stone (within shouting distance Warrenton (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentmoor: The Spilman-Mosby House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brentmoor (approx. 0.3 miles away); Black Horse Cavalry (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Warrenton.
Also see . . .
1. Wallis Warfield, a Woman of the World. 1999 article by John Toler in The Fauquier Historical Society’s News and Notes. “It was about this time when Wallis began making trips into our part of Virginia, visiting her cousin Lelia Barnett at Wakefield Manor, near Front Royal, and attending summer camp at Burrland, outside of Middleburg, with other Oldfields girls.”
2. Wallis Warfield in Warrenton, and Beyond. Part 2 of the article by John Toler in The Fauquier Historical Society’s News and Notes. “For the next year or so, her home would be Room 212 in the Warren Green Hotel, overlooking Hotel Street and the Fauquier National Bank. She would have to share a bathroom.”
1. The Hotel saw many notable visitors
The original hotel was built in 1819. Marquis de Lafayette stayed here, and addressed a crowd of six thousand including James Monroe, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay. Across the street Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith maintained a law firm and residence. He would entertain crowds gathered on Hotel Street with speeches on Confederate Memorial Day. The hotel burned in 1874 and was rebuilt in 1876. The new structure, which stands today, hosted President Theodore Roosevelt for at least one visit.
2. Another resident of the hotel
Wallis Warfield Spencer, the future Duchess of Windsor, lived on the second floor of the Warren Green Hotel in 1926-1927. At the time she was living there in order to establish Virginia residency so she could obtain a divorce from her first husband.
Categories. • Notable Buildings • War, US Civil •
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