Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The library's meeting rooms are unique

If you are researching venues for an upcoming event - whether it's a workshop, conference, wedding reception, or family reunion - you may want to consider looking at Fauquier County Public Library's meeting rooms.

The library has two unique meeting spaces, the John Barton Payne Community Hall (across the street from the Warrenton Library) and the Bealeton Depot (which sits adjacent to the Bealeton Library). Both are used for library programs, but when not in use by the library they are available for public use for a fee.

In 1921, Judge John Barton Payne, a Secretary of the Interior under President Wilson who had family ties to Fauquier County, provided funds for a permanent structure for the Warrenton Library. The classically styled building, now known as the John Barton Payne Building, was home to the Warrenton Library from 1922 until 1982. When the library moved to its current location, the building's upstairs hall, which boasts a full-size kitchen, became a perfect spot for library programs and special events.

The Bealeton Depot, built around 1905 by the Southern Railway Company, was situated on the primary rail route from southern Fauquier County to Washington, D.C. With the development of Route 17, Bealeton’s transportation center shifted and the depot was decommissioned in the 1950s. Later it was moved to its current location adjacent to the Bealeton Library. The depot, considered a fine example of early 20th century Gothic style construction, has been charmingly renovated, but includes practical additions such as a drop-down screen and laptop-ready projector.

Get more details on fees and reserving the library's meeting rooms.

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