Museum tours include an overview of Dumfries' significant colonial history as well as a detailed look into the house's historic past. Visitors travel through time as they tour the period rooms decorated in 18th, 19th, and 20th century styles while learning about how the property was used as a vestry by the colonial church, as a book depot by Parson Weems (George Washington's first biographer and author of the Cherry Tree story), as a law office by Benjamin Botts (Aaron Burr's youngest defense attorney during his 1807 treason trial) and as a home for nearly a century by the Merchant Family. Children and adults love our hands-on colonial store where visitors can touch and explore everyday items from the colonial time period!
The Weems-Botts Museum and the Lee Lansing Research Library operate on a seasonal schedule.
May - October: Open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm. Tours offered hourly with the last tour starting at 3:00pm.
November - April: Tours and research library open by appointment only.
Seniors (60+), Youth (6-18): $3
Children (under 6): Free
Research Library Fees:
Copies: $0.25 each
Public programs are offered year-round including monthly free children's days on the third Saturday of each month, 1:00-3:00pm, in the Museum Annex. Every children's day program includes a special educational theme, take-home craft, and snack (while supplies last).
Popular special events include Ghost Walks (offered Saturdays evenings in October) and a free Holiday Open House (offered after the Town of Dumfries Holiday Parade). Charter Day, sponsored by the Town of Dumfries, is held in May and commemorates the town's charter with living history, children's activities, informational tables, concessions, and more!