Warrentown, Virginia — founded in 1810 — has the largest tack shop in the United States. My wife had to visit! While she delighted her eyes with saddles, bridles, riding clothes, and more, I was free to explore the small but vibrant downtown with its strong historic zoning laws. I talked briefly with a fellow about to open a restaurant. He liked the rigorous zoning. Even though it meant lots of paperwork and inspections, it also meant that his restaurant was in a place that attracted people from miles around, and at least one warthog.
I used to visit the lovely town of Warrenton – I did my seminary field work at Grace Church in The Plains, just down the road. [ Danny replied: This is only my third post and already I am surprised at how many friends have connections to the places we visited. And it was a delight to have our paths cross with yours, Janne, in Austin. Glad we did! ]