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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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!

Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the Wheat Free Scottish Tea! From smoked salmon to Agora Downtown Coffee S...
09/22/2019
The Wheat-Free Scottish Tea

Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the Wheat Free Scottish Tea! From smoked salmon to
Agora Downtown Coffee Shop cookies, we don't need wheat to have a party: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wheat-free-scottish-tea-tickets-65258303342

Enjoy a seated tea service in the Museum Annex featuring baked wheat-free delcacies from Agora's Downtown Coffee Shop! Delight in their Wheat-Free Blueberry Lemon Cookies and Milk Chocolate Almond Rum Biscotti along with other Scottish treats. Listen to a presentation on Dumfries' Scottish heritage....

09/15/2019

Although quiet right now, the Annex will be filled with amazing music next Saturday, 09/21! Join us to celebrate Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day and Children's Day at the Museum Sponsored by Walmart with the Broad Run Strings!

09/14/2019

Tickets almost completely sold out for our "Locked Inside" tour! Thanks to our sponsor, Barbara DiMattina - Century 21 Redwood Realty (Virginia Real Estate - Barbara DiMattina) we will have free hot drinks and snacks with all purchased Ghost Walk tickets!

Thanks to Carhartt and Didlake, Inc.. for helping recover and restore our beautiful Merchant Park!
09/08/2019

Thanks to Carhartt and Didlake, Inc.. for helping recover and restore our beautiful Merchant Park!

Happy Labor Day to all those who have shoes so well loved from hard work!
08/31/2019

Happy Labor Day to all those who have shoes so well loved from hard work!

Blue Star Families featured us on their blog today! We are proud to be included in the Blue Star program. Check out our ...
08/19/2019
The Knowledge You Never Knew You Lacked: 10 Reasons to Visit the Weems-Botts Museum!

Blue Star Families featured us on their blog today! We are proud to be included in the Blue Star program. Check out our blog and all of the latest news and ways to support our military families: https://bluestarfam.org/2019/08/10-reasons-to-visit-the-weems-botts-museum/

Historic Dumfries Virginia operates The Weems-Botts Museum and is open from May-October, Thursday-Monday, 11:00am – 4:00pm. Tours are held hourly.

08/01/2019

The Weems-Botts Museum can't wait to visit Manassas Mall for Tykes Tuesday on 08/06, 11:00-12:00! From touching objects to making crafts, we are excited to teach about historic Dumfries!

07/25/2019

Three cheers for our amazing archives intern Shelley on this #NationalInternDay! We appreciate her work "berry" much (and her putting up with all of our puns)!

HDVI warmly welcomed Linneall Naylor and family, excellent researchers searching for the truth of early Dumfries' histor...
07/20/2019

HDVI warmly welcomed Linneall Naylor and family, excellent researchers searching for the truth of early Dumfries' history!

#MondayMotivation thinking about our Children's Program on Saturday (07/20)! Want to test your skills at stringing beans...
07/15/2019

#MondayMotivation thinking about our Children's Program on Saturday (07/20)! Want to test your skills at stringing beans and ending with something sweet like whipped cream? Join us at 1pm for a fantastic afternoon in Dumfries!

Thanks to Agora Downtown Coffee Shop, the Weems-Botts will host a "Wheat-Free Scottish Tea" on Saturday, September 28! E...
07/12/2019
The Wheat-Free Scottish Tea

Thanks to Agora Downtown Coffee Shop, the Weems-Botts will host a "Wheat-Free Scottish Tea" on Saturday, September 28! Enjoy their tasty Wheat-Free Blueberry Lemon cookies and Milk Chocolate Almond Rum Biscotti along with other delicacies! Purchase tickets via Eventbrite or via phone/in-person. Advance purchase required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wheat-free-scottish-tea-tickets-65258303342

Enjoy a seated tea service in the Museum Annex featuring baked wheat-free delcacies from Agora's Downtown Coffee Shop! Delight in their Wheat-Free Blueberry Lemon Cookies and Milk Chocolate Almond Rum Biscotti along with other Scottish treats. Listen to a presentation on Dumfries' Scottish heritage....

07/06/2019

Dare to be a rebel at the Weems-Botts Museum! All members and prospective members are invited to visit now before we open to the public to declare their independence with tea and cookies!

Perhaps more seafood would help remind us of our nautical past! Thanks to What's Up Prince William and Prince William Hi...
07/04/2019
A journey begins: Dumfries’ role as a sea port

Perhaps more seafood would help remind us of our nautical past! Thanks to What's Up Prince William and Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation for this great historical journey!

The Town of Dumfries is filled with a rich history that remains unknown to many. That history includes its role as a sea port.

Planning your July 4th celebration? Add the Weems-Botts Museum to your morning/afternoon schedule by enjoying activities...
06/30/2019

Planning your July 4th celebration? Add the Weems-Botts Museum to your morning/afternoon schedule by enjoying activities designed to help you bite your thumb at the British like it is 1775!

Thanks to 2019 Commemoration for welcoming Ms. Weems-Botts! She met up with Thomas Jefferson in Colonial Williamsburg al...
06/29/2019

Thanks to 2019 Commemoration for welcoming Ms. Weems-Botts! She met up with Thomas Jefferson in Colonial Williamsburg although he seemed preoccupied...

The Weems-Botts Museum is closed Thursday, 06/27 & Friday, 06/28. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, 06/...
06/27/2019

The Weems-Botts Museum is closed Thursday, 06/27 & Friday, 06/28. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, 06/29!

06/20/2019
What's Up Prince William

What book famously started an enduring national (and tasty) legend connected with George Washington? The one we love to discuss at the Weems-Botts museum! Visit us today to check out our 1927 print on display.

A biography about George Washington is on display at the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries.

Read the article: http://whatsupwoodbridge.com/book-george-washington/

Una biografía sobre George Washington está en exhibición en el Museo Weems-Botts en Dumfries.

Lea el artículo: http://whatsupwoodbridge.com/book-george-washington/

06/14/2019

Excited to learn about and commemorate Juneteenth? Join us at our monthly Children's Day at the Museum Sponsored by Walmart on Saturday, 06/15, 1-3, featuring free crafts and snacks!

June's Scottish Tea was a delight despite of the rain! Perhaps we should offer more tea programs focusing on the awesome...
06/09/2019

June's Scottish Tea was a delight despite of the rain! Perhaps we should offer more tea programs focusing on the awesomeness of Dumfries...

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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