Visitors to the Weems-Botts Museum will learn about historic Dumfries, the oldest chartered town in Virginia. Colonial Dumfries had a thriving port - rivaling New York, Philadelphia, and Boston - located on a deep water harbor, which no longer exists. The tobacco trade led to the development of Dumfries and its position as the social, political, and economic center of Prince William County in the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early American periods.
The Weems-Botts Museum dates back to the 18th century with additions built in the 19th and 20th centuries. While touring the house, visitors will learn about the people who used the building as a vestry house, bookstore, law office, and home, including:
- Parson Weems, author of George Washington's first biography and originator of the tales of the cherry tree and the silver dollar thrown across the Potomac River
- Benjamin Botts, a lawyer and defense attorney for Aaron Burr during his infamous treason trial
- The Merchant Family, who lived in the house for almost a century
Tours are available to the visiting public May-October and by appointment only November-April. Tours start at the Museum Annex, which also houses the Lee Lansing Research Library and Archive. The Weems-Botts Museum and Annex are located in beautiful Merchant Park, which is open to the public dawn-dusk. Pets welcome in the park.
- Family Friendly
- $5 Adult, $3 Youth/Senior, Children Under 6 Free
Last Updated: 09/28/2017
3944 Cameron Street
Dumfries, VA 220260.02 MI
17755 Main Street
Dumfries, VA 220260.18 MI
17670 Fraley Blvd.
Dumfries, VA 220260.43 MI
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Dumfries, VA 220260.75 MI
17416 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
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