Historic Dumfries

Historic Dumfries Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization which operates the Weems-Botts Museum, hosts educational programs and events, and maintains a research library, archive, and collections on Dumfries' history.
Our mission is to preserve and promote the history of Dumfries - Virginia's oldest chartered town.
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We think the Dumfries Welcome Center could use new art!
01/30/2020

We think the Dumfries Welcome Center could use new art!

Interested in learning more about the games offered here this Saturday (02/01) at 1:30pm? Check out this awesome video f...
01/28/2020
How To Play Memoir ‘44! - Shut Up & Sit Down

Interested in learning more about the games offered here this Saturday (02/01) at 1:30pm? Check out this awesome video from Shut Up & Sit Down: https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/videos/how-play-memoir/

In some ways, Memoir '44 is the game that birthed SU&SD. Paul and Quinns were playing a long campaign of this definitive game of toy soldiers when they decided to create a board game web series. Historians can find our ye olde review of Memoir right here (timestamp 15:01), filmed…

Bundle up and head to Merchant Park for #NationalSquirrelAppreciationDay!
01/21/2020

Bundle up and head to Merchant Park for #NationalSquirrelAppreciationDay!

Tea anyone? We are gearing up for our 2020 Scottish Tea schedule and looking to add a Victorian tea! This year, come rea...
01/16/2020

Tea anyone? We are gearing up for our 2020 Scottish Tea schedule and looking to add a Victorian tea! This year, come ready to enjoy delicious treats and take peeks at some of our fabulous objects not on display!

Thanks to special guest speaker Jack Bruce for his wonderful presentation on Henrico coal mining!
01/13/2020

Thanks to special guest speaker Jack Bruce for his wonderful presentation on Henrico coal mining!

01/10/2020

Members First tomorrow morning (01/11) starting at 9am! We welcome all members and prospective members to show our appreciation for you - no pressure to join, just come ready to eat and listen to our special guest speaker Jack Bruce!

It's a snow day! Whether you enjoy tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, grab your prettiest tea cups to celebrate in style!
01/08/2020

It's a snow day! Whether you enjoy tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, grab your prettiest tea cups to celebrate in style!

Happy New Years!
12/31/2019

Happy New Years!

Happy Holidays from Historic Dumfries Virginia & The Weems-Botts Museum!
12/24/2019

Happy Holidays from Historic Dumfries Virginia & The Weems-Botts Museum!

Consider a last minute gift of membership with HDVI! Free tours, free access to an eclectic Archives & Library, and disc...
12/21/2019

Consider a last minute gift of membership with HDVI! Free tours, free access to an eclectic Archives & Library, and discounts to popular and sold out programs! Call, email, or purchase online - we will provide a perfect welcoming card for the gifted: https://historicdumfriesva.org/support/join/

Now is the perfect time to become a member and/or make your contribution to our fundraising campaign! You can do either ...
12/13/2019
Help Us Turn Back Time By Giving Us A Dime

Now is the perfect time to become a member and/or make your contribution to our fundraising campaign! You can do either online or at our Holiday Open House party (12/14, 1:30-4:00): https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/travel-back-in-time-by-giving-to-your-local-history-valentine

When you visit HDVI and The Weems-Botts Museum, you are treated to a time traveling delight! Not only can you tour a historic house preserved in different periods, you can lose yourself in a day of research in our Library. Perhaps you like studying archaeological ...

Not only does it feel festive it smells fantastic with the Trowel Garden Club of Triangle's (National Capital Area Garde...
12/11/2019

Not only does it feel festive it smells fantastic with the Trowel Garden Club of Triangle's (National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc.) delivery of fresh pine wreaths! They donate beautiful and fresh wreaths every year to our historic house and make the Town of Dumfries shine!

Our winter bird is showing off unique materials cut by our volunteer Dennis Timmerman! Craft these into memorial gifts f...
12/04/2019

Our winter bird is showing off unique materials cut by our volunteer Dennis Timmerman! Craft these into memorial gifts for the season as we discuss Pearl Harbor on Children's Day at the Museum Sponsored by Walmart this Saturday (12/07) at 1pm!

Giving Tuesday is here! Help us kick off our end of the year fundraising campaign today: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/...
12/03/2019
Help Us Turn Back Time By Giving Us A Dime

Giving Tuesday is here! Help us kick off our end of the year fundraising campaign today: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/travel-back-in-time-by-giving-to-your-local-history-valentine

When you visit HDVI and The Weems-Botts Museum, you are treated to a time traveling delight! Not only can you tour a historic house preserved in different periods, you can lose yourself in a day of research in our Library. Perhaps you like studying archaeological ...

Afraid of incoming allergies with the weather change? Although neti pots are still a "thing", we are glad chamber pots a...
11/26/2019

Afraid of incoming allergies with the weather change? Although neti pots are still a "thing", we are glad chamber pots are more of an "artifact"...

Ready to take family/friend photos for your holiday cards? A special thanks to coordinator Sam Barnes and Didlake, Inc. ...
11/22/2019

Ready to take family/friend photos for your holiday cards? A special thanks to coordinator Sam Barnes and Didlake, Inc. for decorating Merchant Park's Gazebo!

Whether you are looking for unique gifts or centerpieces for your holiday table, the Weems-Botts Gift shop can certainly...
11/21/2019

Whether you are looking for unique gifts or centerpieces for your holiday table, the Weems-Botts Gift shop can certainly help! Email or call to check out these wooden bowls handcrafted by David Penman.

Did you know you can book field trips to the museum? Whether you want to come to us or us to you, we are always ready to...
11/14/2019

Did you know you can book field trips to the museum? Whether you want to come to us or us to you, we are always ready to teach about our awesome nautical Town of Dumfries! Add on an activity, such as candle-making!

11/04/2019

"What's that, Mr. Botts (the groundhog)? You would like to thank Team Didlake (Didlake, Inc.) for helping us reach our goal?" Merchant Park is officially certified as a Wildlife Sanctuary thanks to the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Home Wildlife Sanctuary Program and all our wonderful garden volunteers!

Frowning at the temperature? Stop by the Annex to start your day with freshly baked banana bread and warm apple cider! M...
11/02/2019

Frowning at the temperature? Stop by the Annex to start your day with freshly baked banana bread and warm apple cider! Members First runs from 9-11am!
Note: Bread in photo below decorative only! Butterscotch banana bread may not look as pretty but is much tastier ;)

Thanks to Masayuki Irvine, volunteers, and Troop 1390, Dale City, Virginia for undertaking the pollinator garden as part...
10/27/2019

Thanks to Masayuki Irvine, volunteers, and Troop 1390, Dale City, Virginia for undertaking the pollinator garden as part of his Eagle Scout project! We continue to be honored by the Scout's service to their community!

A big thank you to John Steinbach for teaching children and adults how to make corn husk dolls and sharing the tale of t...
10/20/2019

A big thank you to John Steinbach for teaching children and adults how to make corn husk dolls and sharing the tale of the Three Sisters!

Ready to enjoy the perfect autumn day? Join us in Dumfries tomorrow (10/19) for the Fall Festival at Garrison Park and C...
10/18/2019

Ready to enjoy the perfect autumn day? Join us in Dumfries tomorrow (10/19) for the Fall Festival at Garrison Park and Children's Day at the Museum Sponsored by Walmart at the Weems-Botts! Stick around till 7pm to enjoy a fabulous evening of cider, cocoa, and ghosts!

Our ghostly residents are enjoying the attention they receive from visitors week after week and our neat fundraising shi...
10/17/2019
Ghost Walks: Locked Inside

Our ghostly residents are enjoying the attention they receive from visitors week after week and our neat fundraising shirts! By the third week of tours, they may feel even more comfortable to interact with guests. One ticket left for this Saturday's 10pm tour: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ghost-walks-locked-inside-tickets-66597840935

Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. proudly presents the Locked Inside Ghost Tour featuring: Explore our haunted locations, including inside the house, after dark with a paranormal researcher See the complete collection of alledgedly haunted artifacts and hear the stories associated with them Review ra...

Huge thank you to the Thompson family for representing the Weems-Botts Museum at Ashland's Elementary trunk n' treat! We...
10/14/2019

Huge thank you to the Thompson family for representing the Weems-Botts Museum at Ashland's Elementary trunk n' treat! We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and superstar volunteers!

10/12 is the day before October's full moon! This lunar event is said to increase paranormal activity at haunted locatio...
10/10/2019

10/12 is the day before October's full moon! This lunar event is said to increase paranormal activity at haunted locations. Will this night have peak activity? Stay alert and keep an eye on the shadows in this weekend's Ghost Walks!

10/06/2019

Thanks to our sponsor Virginia Real Estate - Barbara DiMattina for the generous hot cider, cocoa, German spice cookies, and marshmallow treats! She kept our brave adventurers warm during our first Ghost Walks weekend!

Historic Dumfries's cover photo
10/05/2019

Historic Dumfries's cover photo

Historic Dumfries
10/05/2019

Historic Dumfries

The season begins! Skeptical visitors are typically the target of our mischievous residents, and the start of the season...
10/03/2019

The season begins! Skeptical visitors are typically the target of our mischievous residents, and the start of the season has our spirits trying to find lighthearted ways to interact with non-believers! Bring your camera, your favorite ghost hunting app, and a digital recorder to see what evidence you capture!
Spectacular photography by Jesse McGill

We definitely do not need wheat (or gluten) to throw a party! Thanks to Agora Downtown Coffee Shop for the delicious Whe...
09/28/2019

We definitely do not need wheat (or gluten) to throw a party! Thanks to Agora Downtown Coffee Shop for the delicious Wheat Free Blueberry Lemon Cookies and Milk Chocolate Rum Biscotti!

Address

3944 Cameron St
Dumfries, VA
22026

General information

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, Thursday through Monday, 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. Tour Admission: Adults: $5 Seniors (60+), Youth (6-18): $3 Children (under 6): Free Members: Free Research Library Fees: Non-Members: $15/day Members: Free 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!

Telephone

(703) 221-2218

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Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc./The Weems-Botts Museum will be offering Ghost Walks Saturday nights in October. Buy tickets in advance through Eventbrite at https://goo.gl/Xe1kno or through the homepage of HDVI's website at historicdumfries.com.