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.
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Our mission is to preserve and promote the history of Dumfries - Virginia's oldest chartered town.

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Craving a virtual Halloween experience? Tickets are on sale for our Halloween Tea! Meet with us on Sunday, 10/11, @ 1:00...
09/14/2020
Halloween Tea

Craving a virtual Halloween experience? Tickets are on sale for our Halloween Tea! Meet with us on Sunday, 10/11, @ 1:00pm for a presentation on the history of Halloween, local ghost stories, and frightfully delicious recipes to make for your household party! From Halloween Oreo Biscotti to Pumpkin Chili, we are ready to help you enjoy the fall from home: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-tea-tickets-119724622569 #museumfromhome #localhistory #ghoststories #Halloween #recipeshare #recipeideas #teatime #folklore

This virtual Halloween Tea will help prepare you for Halloween with delightfully spooky history, lore, and recipes!

Travel to Brentsville and visit Prince William County Historic Preservation Division with us as we separate a folktale f...
09/11/2020
Traveling to Brentsville to Solve a Crime

Travel to Brentsville and visit Prince William County Historic Preservation Division with us as we separate a folktale from 1937 with actual court records in the Commonwealth vs. Agnes! Read about The Slave Dwelling Project stay at this historic site. #localhistory #princewilliamcounty #princewilliamstrong #enslaved #courtcase #folklore #museumfromhome #archive #blackhistory #historicalaccuracy

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director “…and it is said that she sang hymns all the way…” While reading through the WPA’s report on the Town of Dumfries and Prince William County (PWC), I kept finding...

This week's blog tackles what happened when the people of Dumfries realized they could have a Mayor and Town Council! #d...
09/04/2020
1961: When Democrats and Republicans Worked Together to Revive Dumfries

This week's blog tackles what happened when the people of Dumfries realized they could have a Mayor and Town Council! #destinationdumfries #museumfromhome #localhistory #scottishfriends #secrets #charters #politics #princewilliamstrong

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director Attorneys J. Carl Hill and F. Caldwell discovered something exciting in 1961 – the Town of Dumfries held a valid charter and could elect a Mayor and Town...

Advance warning and a horse helped James Curry escape quickly through the Town of Dumfries in 1837 keeping him safe from...
08/27/2020
“Beware of Dumfries”: The Harrowing Escape from Slavery

Advance warning and a horse helped James Curry escape quickly through the Town of Dumfries in 1837 keeping him safe from the dogs in the streets. #slavery #blackhistory #localhistory #freedom #survivor #museumfromhome #FugitiveSlaveAct

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director  After the 1820s, travelers to Dumfries noted the deteriorating and decline of a once prosperous nautical town. From stagnant to “God forsaken” our town...

From the British stealing American sailors to local PWC militia aiding the Northern Neck to Archibald Henderson's servic...
08/21/2020
Avenging the Blood of Our Citizens!

From the British stealing American sailors to local PWC militia aiding the Northern Neck to Archibald Henderson's service, this week's blog provides nautical entertainment! #warof1812 #localhistory #museumfromhome #princewilliamstrong #marines #nautical #archives #bravery #militaryhistory

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director Stepping onto a boat and/or ship probably leads to both excitement and some trepidation if you consider the risks of possible accidents or infections (cruise...

Join Executive Director and Adjunct Professor of History Lisa Timmerman for this Thursday's virtual presentation on slav...
08/17/2020
"An Artful Fellow": Slavery in Dumfries in the 18th Century

Join Executive Director and Adjunct Professor of History Lisa Timmerman for this Thursday's virtual presentation on slavery in Dumfries. Donation tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-artful-fellow-slavery-in-dumfries-in-the-18th-century-tickets-115511767807 #slavery #museumfromhome #americanhistory

Join us for this virtual presentation on slavery in Dumfries and Virginia in the 18th century, focusing on laws, historic sites, and people.

Falling in love right before the 1918 Influenza pandemic hit Virginia? Join us as we peek at two letters from a remarkab...
08/13/2020
A Love Story During the 1918 Pandemic

Falling in love right before the 1918 Influenza pandemic hit Virginia? Join us as we peek at two letters from a remarkable time. #museumfromhome #lovestory #localhistory #destinationdumfries #archives #community #oralhistory #folklore #folklorethursday #coconutcake #princewilliamstrong #spanishflu #influenza #familyhistory

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director  Driving through Dumfries provides a curious mix of 18-20th century buildings depending upon where you look. While you can visit The Weems-Botts Museum...

08/12/2020

Thanks to Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia for joining us on a virtual tour today! We love their quote "The best adult programming for Boomers and now Zoomers"! #MuseumFromHome #virtualtour #Nonprofits #zoomparty #activeaugust

Looking for a beautiful outdoor venue for a small wedding this summer & fall? Contact us to discuss safely renting Merch...
08/11/2020

Looking for a beautiful outdoor venue for a small wedding this summer & fall? Contact us to discuss safely renting Merchant Park for weddings and other gatherings! Thanks to our amazing volunteers at Didlake, Inc. for keeping our gardens spectacular! #microwedding #park #outdoors #weddings

Many visitors are surprised to find how close the museum is to Dumfries Elementary School! Read more about early Virgini...
08/06/2020
Going to School in Dumfries

Many visitors are surprised to find how close the museum is to Dumfries Elementary School! Read more about early Virginia public education and the development of our local school! #museumfromhome #localhistory #destinationdumfries #education #virginiahistory #community #desegregation #elementaryschool #archives

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director One of our favorite outside walking tour destinations (regular and October’s Ghost Walks!) is Dumfries Elementary School, located right down the road from...

We are excited for our new virtual program! The "Donation" ticket allows you to set the cost. Please let us know if you ...
08/05/2020
"An Artful Fellow": Slavery in Dumfries in the 18th Century

We are excited for our new virtual program! The "Donation" ticket allows you to set the cost. Please let us know if you cannot donate at this time but want to attend - everyone is welcome: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-artful-fellow-slavery-in-dumfries-in-the-18th-century-tickets-115511767807 #enslaved #slavery #americanhistory #museumfromhome #localhistory #courtrecords #primarysources #DestinationDumfries #princewilliamcountystrong #virtuallearning

Join us for this virtual presentation on slavery in Dumfries and Virginia in the 18th century, focusing on laws, historic sites, and people.

While Dumfries has the distinction of being the oldest chartered town, the town of Quantico has a unique designation as ...
07/30/2020
The Town That Cannot Grow

While Dumfries has the distinction of being the oldest chartered town, the town of Quantico has a unique designation as well! #smalltown #marines #militaryhistory #folklore #museumfromhome #destinationdumfries #princewilliamstrong #fish #quantico #moonshine

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director Marine Corps Base Quantico origins are heroic – the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Major General George Barnett, searched for suitable land to train Marines on...

Introducing new 100% virtual Girl Scout programs: Colonial Life & Cherry Tree Scribe! Available upon request!
07/28/2020

Introducing new 100% virtual Girl Scout programs: Colonial Life & Cherry Tree Scribe! Available upon request!

We've trimmed our Tea Time program to just two guests for a more personal (but still socially responsible) tour! Find yo...
07/24/2020
Tea Time!

We've trimmed our Tea Time program to just two guests for a more personal (but still socially responsible) tour! Find your prettiest summer clothes and join us for a tour emphasizing our Scottish heritage and love of tea in early and Victorian America! Click here for more info and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tea-time-tickets-113007159456 #teatime #tea #tour #historichouse #museumlove #dresstothenines

Support your local museum by enjoying a delightful tour focused on Scottish history and tea ending with an Afternoon Tea Gift!

Read about Dumfries odd secret...located right on Main Street. #americanhistory #oddfellows #archives #architecture #sec...
07/22/2020
The Not-So-Secret Secret Society of Dumfries

Read about Dumfries odd secret...located right on Main Street. #americanhistory #oddfellows #archives #architecture #secretsocieties #community #pwhistory #princewilliamstrong #destinationdumfries #museumlove #museumfromhome #fellowship #virginiahumanities #blackhistory #ioof

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director Visitors often ask about the origin of our town’s name noting it seems odd until we discuss our connections to Scotland. However, the name of the town was not...

This week we travel back to June 1972 to see why the World Meteorological Organization retired the storm that brought ou...
07/16/2020
The Day the Bridge Fell

This week we travel back to June 1972 to see why the World Meteorological Organization retired the storm that brought our roads and bridges down. #PrinceWilliamStrong #pwhistory #floods #hurricane #tropicalstorm #museumlove #community #marine #noaa #worldmeteorologicalorganization #trafficfail

 By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director On 06/19/1972, Hurricane Agnes (Category 1) made landfall near Panama City, Florida losing strength considerably as it approached Georgia and the Carolinas....

We have one full open spot remaining for Saturday's Lost Ladybug Project! Whether you want to download and print the mat...
07/14/2020
Children's Day at the Museum Sponsored by Walmart

We have one full open spot remaining for Saturday's Lost Ladybug Project! Whether you want to download and print the materials yourself or pick them up from the Pavilion, there is plenty of space to look for those tiny creatures...in the name of science! Free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/childrens-day-at-the-museum-sponsored-by-walmart-tickets-105852692252 #ladybug #nature #park #museumlove #science #art

Join us as we look for and photograph ladybugs in Merchant Park - to help scientists! Work together with your family and/or friends!

We adapted our July Scottish Tea! While we will not be serving food, we will be giving you an Afternoon Tea Gift Box to ...
07/12/2020
Tea Time!

We adapted our July Scottish Tea! While we will not be serving food, we will be giving you an Afternoon Tea Gift Box to take home - it includes our favorite tea and dessert - crafted and wrapped by a local bakery! Enjoy this tea-themed tour with a peek at our new exhibit! Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tea-time-tickets-113007159456 #teatime #tea #gifts #tour #historichouses #museumlove #DestinationDumfries #dresstothenines

Support your local museum by enjoying a delightful tour focused on Scottish history and tea ending with an Afternoon Tea Gift!

Travel back to 1927 to read about the fire that caused rampant destruction in Dumfries and how the Marines literally cam...
07/09/2020
When 75 Marines Saved the Town of Dumfries

Travel back to 1927 to read about the fire that caused rampant destruction in Dumfries and how the Marines literally came to the rescue! #museumfromhome #historyathome #DestinationDumfries #PrinceWilliamStrong #Marines #Firedepartment #folklore #archive

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director The oldest chartered town in Virginia would certainly experience devastating events in forms of tropical storms, hurricanes, and fires. While someone tried to...

Recognize this little window with a wall behind it (early 1970s)? Book a virtual, regular, or special restoration tour t...
07/08/2020

Recognize this little window with a wall behind it (early 1970s)? Book a virtual, regular, or special restoration tour to view it up close! Learn why this little window causes such a ruckus during our October ghost walks! Ticket info here, call/email/message for same day availability: https://historicdumfriesva.org/purchase-tickets/ #restoration #renovation #historichouse #DestinationDumfries #PrinceWilliamStrong #hauntedhouse #folklore

We are excited to share news regarding our new exhibit! Read our blog focusing on the 1974 restoration, then visit - boo...
07/04/2020
“It was worth every blistered hand…”: New Exhibit Featuring the 1974 Restoration of The Weems-Botts Museum

We are excited to share news regarding our new exhibit! Read our blog focusing on the 1974 restoration, then visit - book your tour and come enjoy our gardens & Merchant Park! Tours by appointment (call for same day), staycation packages, and programs all part of our July festivities! #museum #restoration #archives #folklore #fixingoldthings #community #historyathome #museumfromhome #princewilliamstrong #community #roadtrip #destinationdumfries #museumlove

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director In 1974, Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. formed and opened The Weems-Botts Museum to the public the following year. At the very beginning, HDVI Board of...

Volunteer Dennis Timmerman takes a water break from fixing our historic house porch bench! A big thanks to him for donat...
07/03/2020

Volunteer Dennis Timmerman takes a water break from fixing our historic house porch bench! A big thanks to him for donating his time and resources for continuing to make our property shine! #fixingoldthings #restoration #volunteer #historichouse #community #DestinationDumfries #PrinceWilliamStrong #museumlove #waterbreak

Looking for an outside walk with your household/quarantine buddies? Our Members First program provides you with a bookle...
06/30/2020
Members First Saturday

Looking for an outside walk with your household/quarantine buddies? Our Members First program provides you with a booklet of historical & environmental info about the plants and trees in Merchant Park! Tickets are required for this free self-guided tour to prevent crowding. Can't make it on Saturday? Register for a free ticket to receive the PDF to take the tour on your schedule! Special thanks to Didlake, Inc.! Click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/members-first-saturday-tickets-107408124592

We invite our members to visit Merchant Park on 07/04 from 9:00-3:00 to take a self-guided tour of our gardens around the historic house!

Happy Birthday to HDVI Board Member Jeremiah Burns! We appreciate his consistent support, dedication, and donations of J...
06/28/2020

Happy Birthday to HDVI Board Member Jeremiah Burns! We appreciate his consistent support, dedication, and donations of Jeremiah's Kansas City Style Bar B Q to our hungry volunteers! #museumlove #community #birthdaywishes

We are getting ready to open The Weems-Botts Museum for inside tours once Prince William County enters Phase 3! Read our...
06/25/2020
“Like the Gaudy Butterfly…”: A Discussion on Lace Tatting

We are getting ready to open The Weems-Botts Museum for inside tours once Prince William County enters Phase 3! Read our latest blog regarding some of our treasured objects currently on display! #museumfromhome #DestinationDumfries #museumlove #lace #needlework #collections #community #PrinceWilliamStrong

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director The Weems-Botts Museum will be opening their doors soon to safely welcome visitors as we enter Phase 3. One of our treasures, our framed and donated lace...

06/23/2020
City of Manassas Virginia Parks, Culture & Recreation

Member Spotlight: Check out this video featuring our member Ms. Linneall Naylor! #museumfromhome #pwchistory #juneteenth

We’re marking Juneteenth by remembering four important Manassas stories. First, learn more about the Naylor Family, who were enslaved at Liberia, from their descendant Linneall Naylor. At 12 Noon we'll feature the story of William Lomax of Liberty Street, a Union Civil War soldier. At 2 PM we'll learn about the town's 1917 ordinance that segregated housing. At 4 PM we'll learn about early town blacksmiths Roscoe Lewis and Willis Alexander.

#juneteenth
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06/19/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us today for our Children's Day program! Please share your proclamations and Juneteenth flags with us! #Juneteenth #museumfromhome #historyathome

Our #MuseumBuddy Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University is offering free admission today along with virtual presentations ...
06/19/2020
Rosa Parks Museum to commemorate Juneteenth with free admission, virtual presentations | Troy Today

Our #MuseumBuddy Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University is offering free admission today along with virtual presentations on their social media! Read more here: https://today.troy.edu/news/rosa-parks-museum-to-commemorate-juneteenth-with-free-admission-virtual-presentations/ #juneteenth #museumfromhome #museumlove #Roadtrip

Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will offer free admission on Friday, June 19, and use its social media platforms to celebrate Juneteenth. The oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19, in recognition of the date in 18...

The Weems-Botts Museum and our #MuseumBuddy @TroyUniversityRosaParksMuseum are both celebrating Juneteenth virtually thi...
06/18/2020
Juneteenth: Delving into the Realities of Freedom

The Weems-Botts Museum and our #MuseumBuddy @TroyUniversityRosaParksMuseum are both celebrating Juneteenth virtually this year! Check out this blog to learn more about the Civil War in Dumfries, the Emancipation Proclamation, and realities of freedom in Virginia. #Juneteenth #pwchistory #museumfromhome #historyathome #CivilWar

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director The Town of Dumfries was an attractive strategic target for both Union and Confederate soldiers. Union soldiers occupied Prince William County during their...

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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, 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. 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!

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(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.