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.

Operating as usual

In this unmasked moment, the Director contemplates how Virginia's community of museums came together during the pandemic...
10/29/2020

In this unmasked moment, the Director contemplates how Virginia's community of museums came together during the pandemic to support one another!

Have you taken advantage of our free weekly chats or webinars, utilize resources to reopen your museum, or enjoy reading our cheerful emails? If VAM has helped you during COVID, won't you consider making a donation to our fundraising campaign? We're almost at our $5,000 goal!
https://donate.kindest.com/keep-vam-engaging?utm_source=kindest

"VAM's Annual Conference was the first museum conference I attended as the director of my small museum. The professionalism, range of topics, guest speakers, and interactions were extremely beneficial and elevating. After the conference, VAM became crucial to me (personally) as I'm autoimmune and had to go into "hiding" with the pandemic. Thanks to VAM's weekly chats, moments of cheer, and constant communication, I haven't feel isolated and can use the time at home to better serve the museum and our membership."

Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director
Historic Dumfries, Manassas, VA

While children from the Town of Dumfries tried to play tricks with the dead (see former post), the children in Manassas ...
10/29/2020
All Tricks and No Treats: Mischievous Imps on the Prowl in Manassas

While children from the Town of Dumfries tried to play tricks with the dead (see former post), the children in Manassas dissembled entire structures and decorated the streets with merchant's wares. #Halloween #folklore #folklorethursday #localhistory #princewilliamstrong #trickortreat #Halloweenscandal #oldnewspapers #smalltowns

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director “Black cats peeping from the dark;              Scat! Meow! Each eye gleaming like a spark;              Biff! Wow! Owl a-hooting in the lane, Tick-tack on the...

These beautiful cast iron snow birds landed in our museum thanks to Libby Pemberton! They are ready to perch on our roof...
10/28/2020

These beautiful cast iron snow birds landed in our museum thanks to Libby Pemberton! They are ready to perch on our roof and assume snow patrol. #preparedness #museumlove #newobsession #thankful #museumfromhome #coolobjects #birds #history #snow

While ghost stories are usually vague, they can urge us to ask questions and determine why certain images and folklore k...
10/22/2020
The Disappearing Pitter Patter of Feet: The Colonial Girls Lost in Time

While ghost stories are usually vague, they can urge us to ask questions and determine why certain images and folklore keep circulating from our town's history. #womenshistory #education #virginiahistory #boardingschool #blackhistory #slavery #oldnewspapers #museumfromhome #mystery #ghoststories #folklore #needlework

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director Participating in any of our outside walking tours, day or night, includes a trip to Dumfries Elementary Public School and Dumfries Cemetery. One ghost story...

The sounds of the fall season at The Weems-Botts Museum include perpetual thudding of black walnuts as they hit the pave...
10/21/2020

The sounds of the fall season at The Weems-Botts Museum include perpetual thudding of black walnuts as they hit the pavement and tiny cries of happy & frustrated squirrels as they delight in the nutty goodness. #blackwalnut #blackwalnuttree #happysquirrels #fallvibes #loudnoises #recipeinspiration

Spots available on our 9pm Ghost Walks: Return to the Shadow! Hear the stories we only tell in October as you roam Dumfr...
10/17/2020

Spots available on our 9pm Ghost Walks: Return to the Shadow! Hear the stories we only tell in October as you roam Dumfries in the dark...Call (703-221-2218) or email ([email protected]) - RSVP required! #ghostwalks #tour #ghoststories #hauntedhouse #hauntedplaces

Are you a dancing instructor and fiddler looking to hide? With "piercing" eyes and a loyal dog, this alleged imposter wa...
10/15/2020
The “Nefarious Marauder” Hiding in Dumfries!

Are you a dancing instructor and fiddler looking to hide? With "piercing" eyes and a loyal dog, this alleged imposter was able to do so for a short time! #folklore #folkballads #localhistory #familystories #villian #museumfromhome #dancing #chancery #courtcase #destinationdumfries #princewilliamstrong #virginiahistory #marines #fiddler #americanhistory #buttermilk #familyhistory

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director Ready for a folk ballad involving a local Marine? “When Morgan first came to this country,  he came in a four-wheeled carriage.  He put up at Parson Weem’s...

Bigfoot sightings at Quantico? A ghost haunting a Stafford church? Join us this rainy Sunday for Halloween history and l...
10/09/2020
Halloween Tea

Bigfoot sightings at Quantico? A ghost haunting a Stafford church? Join us this rainy Sunday for Halloween history and lore: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-tea-tickets-119724622569 Members please email or call for your discount! #bigfoot #ghoststories #halloween #staysafe #Halloweenathome #rainysunday #teatime #Quantico #folklore #MuseumFromHome #MuseumLove #localhistory #boardgames #boardgamegeek #recipes

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

Halloween plans include sending a casket sailing down Route One? No? Travel back to 1912 and read how telling ghost stor...
10/08/2020
Screaming Boys and Crashing Wagons: How Halloween Mischief Stopped Northern VA Traffic

Halloween plans include sending a casket sailing down Route One? No? Travel back to 1912 and read how telling ghost stories at Dumfries United Methodist Church led to an unexpected traffic incident... #folklore #folklorethursday #localhistory #ghoststories #Halloween #museumfromhome #archive #familystories #familyhistory #badidea #leavedeadpeoplealone #trafficcongestion #traffic #Halloweenmischief #oralhistory

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director The phrase “trick-or-treat” usually does not strike fear into our hearts as children are not equipped to do us or our property harm if we refuse them treats...

Our Children's Day is online this month! Check our Programs page  on Monday, 10/12/2020, along with info about our other...
10/07/2020

Our Children's Day is online this month! Check our Programs page on Monday, 10/12/2020, along with info about our other great programs: https://historicdumfriesva.org/visit/programs/ Pack a picnic and enjoy the activity in Merchant Park! #IndigenousPeoplesDay #MuseumFromHome #parks #October2020 #historyathome #storiesforkids #cornhuskdolls

While enjoying your cup of tea during our Virtual Halloween Tea program, consider reading the tea leaves as we discuss H...
10/05/2020
Halloween Tea

While enjoying your cup of tea during our Virtual Halloween Tea program, consider reading the tea leaves as we discuss Halloween lore & traditions! Ready to bake Halloween biscotti or find boardgames for all ages for your party? Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-tea-tickets-119724622569 All participants will recipe a PDF of all recipes, recommendations, and ideas to use over the month! #halloween2020 #partyplanner #teatime #recipeshare #MuseumLove #historyathome #folklore #boardgames #ghoststories #halloween #sundayafternoon #sundaytea #virtualtea

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

HDVI recently took a peek inside the well in Merchant Park! Since our Ghost Walks usually start nearby, we decided to le...
10/01/2020
The Wishing Well: Searching for Odin’s Eye in Dumfries

HDVI recently took a peek inside the well in Merchant Park! Since our Ghost Walks usually start nearby, we decided to learn more about this hidden gem. #folklore #museumfromhome #wishingwell #wells #localhistory #norsemythology #odin #archaeology #celticmythology #daydreaming #parks #smalltowns #mythology #searchforburiedtreasure

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director On a cloudy Saturday morning, Ghost Guide Jeff and I met near the historic well in Merchant Park. Tourists often ask about the structure and our Ghost Tours...

Have you seen the adorable glow in the dark ghost face masks from The Maskatorium? This is one of two very unique ways t...
09/30/2020

Have you seen the adorable glow in the dark ghost face masks from The Maskatorium? This is one of two very unique ways to remember Halloween 2020! #halloweeniscoming #halloween2020 #fundraiser #community #localhistory #ghostchic #facemask #folklore

We are working on the (fun)draiser masks for the Weems-Botts Museum/Historic Dumfries, VA. Get your fun masks today. Price is a bit higher than my normal mask but we are giving all the proceeds to the museum so let's get those orders in! Did I mention they glow in the dark? Check out my tester!

Ghost Stories? Check! History of Halloween and folklore behind our traditions? Check! Both free and recommended board & ...
09/28/2020
Halloween Tea

Ghost Stories? Check! History of Halloween and folklore behind our traditions? Check! Both free and recommended board & card games to enjoy with your friends and family? Check! Join us as we arm you with Halloween lore, tasty festive recipes, and game recommendations for all ages to help you celebrate Halloween at home: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-tea-tickets-119724622569 #boardgames #cardgames #folklore #halloween #halloweeniscoming #museumfromhome #teatime #recipes #HistoryFromHome

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

What happens when you allegedly make moonshine in a church? Not good things...#localhistory #museumfromhome #archives #o...
09/25/2020
The Incredibly Unlucky Church

What happens when you allegedly make moonshine in a church? Not good things...#localhistory #museumfromhome #archives #oralhistory #folklore #moonshine #fire #churchhistory #cemetery #revolutionarywar #destinationdumfries #badideas

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director Many of our narratives and collected oral histories of Dumfries indicate a prosperous “moonshining” industry operating throughout the region. Unfortunately for...

We are ready to celebrate Halloween all month long for October 2020! Click here to access our Ghost Walk and virtual Hal...
09/21/2020

We are ready to celebrate Halloween all month long for October 2020!
Click here to access our Ghost Walk and virtual Halloween Tea tickets: https://historicdumfriesva.org/purchase-tickets/
Click here see our Ghost Walks Face Coverings Fundraiser with The Maskatorium: https://forms.gle/SBTnyWinSZtv7BN1A (for payment: Paypal.me/Maskatorium)
Click here to read about our new virtual school program: https://historicdumfriesva.org/visit/programs/
Thanks to Small Business Member Barbara DiMattina Realtor!

Carrie Smith @ The Maskatorium has created two Ghost Walks face coverings to help fundraise and promote our organization...
09/18/2020
Weems Botts Mask Form

Carrie Smith @ The Maskatorium has created two Ghost Walks face coverings to help fundraise and promote our organization! Check out the neat Town of Dumfries and Weems-Botts Museum logos here: https://forms.gle/SBTnyWinSZtv7BN1A We couldn't be more excited to work with a Dumfries resident with the motto "I'm just a mom making masks to help Keep people safe from COVID-19"! #MuseumLove #Appreciations #ghostwalks #ghostchic #DestinationDumfries #momskeepingussafe #communitylove #communitysupport #cutemask #staysafe

Please fill out this form for your mask order. Please make payments via PayPal @Maskatorium

Raising a toast to the happy couple resulted in a surprising and cherished Town of Dumfries memory! #prohibition#local h...
09/17/2020
A Toast to the Happy Couple!

Raising a toast to the happy couple resulted in a surprising and cherished Town of Dumfries memory! #prohibition#local history #museumfromhome #archives #folklore #champagnepunch #teetotaler #tastydrinks #familystories #happymemories #smalltownlife

By: Lisa Timmerman, Executive Director Folklore encompasses everything from urban legends to writings in public restrooms! It can also capture fantastic family reminiscences as well. Grab a cocktail...

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.

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, 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!

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.