History of Vint Hill


"About Vint Hill"

The history of the Inn at Vint Hill begins in 1860.  It was then that Bessie & Andrew Low began to build a high-style Italianate, brick mansion named “Vint Hill” on their prosperous cattle and sheep farm. Throughout the Civil War, the Lows and their children (said to be 15) flew the Union Jack flag, a symbol of neutrality, over the property to save their newly built home. In 1863, one known incident, the “Grapewood Encounter” broke this unspoken Civil War neutrality agreement. Colonel John S. Mosby and his rangers skirmished with Union forces near the back gate. Rich in heritage, the original farmhouse was remodeled and renamed, Silvermead, for the Low’s eldest son Douglas and his new bride, Marie in 1885. At the time, the newlyweds were conspicuously missing a kitchen, Bessie Low preferred the young couple eat at the manor house.


Mitchell Harrison, a Philadelphia entrepreneur purchased Vint Hill in 1911. He renovated in 1916, converting the home to a Colonial Revival-style Country house, doubling its "About Us Vint Hill"original size. The mansion became a hub of Fauquier County Society, with elegant parties for fashionable guests. Unprecedented in Fauquier County, Mr. Harrison modernized the farm into a premier country estate with purebred livestock. During World War II, in June of 1942, the United States Army bought the farm and immediately the Second Signal Service Battalion began interception of enemy radio communication, establishing our first “listening post” and intelligence training headquarters. It later became Officers’ Club and Quarters and in 1992, the post commander made the facility a community club and renamed it “The Inn at Vint Hill.” Today, Vint Hill offers a superior quality of life and the Inn is its heart.

Many a bride and groom choose the Inn At Vint Hill to celebrate their special day.  It is a gorgeous venue and reasonably priced for the elegance, warmth, invitability, and historic charm that it offers the wedding party and it’s guests.  The food is exquisite, yet not so extravagant that it can’t be enjoyed by everyone.  The staff is friendly and very accomodating.  We’re certain you will be very pleased with your event at The Inn At Vint Hill.

4200 Aiken Drive Warrenton, VA 20187  (540) 349.5700  innatvintvinthill@aol.com