For scenic beauty it's difficult to top the areas in and around these two unincorporated villages. A fine place to start is at Sky Meadow State Park. The park's 1,132 acres were donated by the late Paul Mellon, a nearby resident and well‐known philanthropist. Coming "over the mountain" from West to East on Route 50 provides a grand vista of the park and area's unrivaled landscape. There also is an entry‐way into the Appalachian Trail right in the area.
The Oakhill Estate – home to the most important Chief Justice of the U.S Supreme Court in our history ‐‐ is in Delaplane and worth a look. Paris and Delaplane are ripe picking for history buffs. George Washington did early survey work in the area, and in 1861 Confederate General Stonewall Jackson marched his troop from Winchester to the Delaplane train depot for a ride to the First Battle of Manassas – also known as Bull Run. It marked the first time in history trains were used to move troops into battle.
The area is chock‐a‐block full of wineries which can be reached readily and easily using the winery maps available everywhere. We have them, too. For a delightful lunch or dinner, stop by the Ashby Inn which is located in an historic building on the main street of Paris. This year the Washingtonian magazine rated it one of the top 100 eateries in the entire DC area.
While in the area, travel a side road. You are likely to run into an unexpected winery, a micro‐brewery, farmer's market, country store, a small historic church or other interesting stopping off points. At the very least you will spend an enjoyable time driving a scenic country road with exquisite vistas at every turn.
Get to know the area...
One of the biggest challenges of living in Northern Virginia is its traffic. Creativity is a must when it comes to outsmarting metropolitan D.C. rush hour. Luckily, we have some ideas that will hopefully make your commuting experience a little bit easier.
Park and Ride from VDOT
Fauquier County Commuter’s Service
Northern Virginia Transit Schedules
The Long Commute – What are your options?
Schools & Education
You’re in good hands with the Fauquier County Public School System. In 2017, they received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Innovation and Education for Community Partnership and Collaboration. For parents, their website provides a handy Parent Resource Center page, where you can research academics, programs for students with disabilities, and policy information.