About This Place
Remington is a small incorporated town in Fauquier County, Virginia, United States. The population was 624 at the 2000 census, and at the 2008 census, the population is 673. It is near the highways, U.S. Route 15, U.S. Route 17, U.S. Route 29, and Virginia State Route 28. Remington is less than a mile northeast of the Culpeper County line.
Remington was the site of the First Battle of Rappahannock Station and the Second Battle of Rappahannock Station. Colonel John S. Mosby made raids in the town during the American Civil War, and, later, he made his home and practiced law in nearby Warrenton, Virginia.
Remington was shaped by transportation. It was a commercial hub during the mid-nineteenth century on the Rappahannock Canal, but the canal failed financially and operations were abandoned. Later, it was a stop on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad called Rappahannock Station, but the O&A was eventually absorbed into the Norfolk Southern system, and the Remington spur fell into disuse. During the twentieth century, Remington was a place on Route 29 where traffic was obliged to slow down on its way through town. Today, the highway bypasses Remington, leaving the town as an example of small-town America that has been frozen in time. Remington's central business district remains an authentic old town area, mostly untouched by modern events. Many stores (a hardware store and a pharmacy, in particular) are almost exactly as they were decades ago.