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Weems-Botts Museum

3944 Cameron St, Dumfries, VA 22026-2318
+1 703-221-2218
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This house museum is in old Dumfries and is one of the few things to see in town. They do tours on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jehenson81
Parson Weems is the guy who invented that howler about George Washington and the cherry tree

This museum is one of the lesser known ones among the many in Northern Virginia, but it is easily... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2016
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Visitors to the Weems-Botts Museum will learn about historic Dumfries, the oldest chartered town in Virginia. Colonial Dumfries had a thriving port - rivaling New York, Philadelphia, and Boston - located on a deep water harbor, which no longer exists. The tobacco trade led to the development of Dumfries and its position as the social, political, and economic center of Prince William County in the Colonial and Revolutionary periods. Visitors will also learn about the people who used the building, which dates back to the 18th century, including: Parson Weems, author of George Washington's first biography and originator of the cherry tree story; Benjamin Botts, a lawyer and defense attorney for Aaron Burr during his infamous treason trial; and the Merchant family, who lived in the house from 1869-1968. Tour offered hourly May-October (First tour at 11am - last tour at 3pm). Tours by appointment only November-April. Park open year-round dawn to dusk.
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Hours Today: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3944 Cameron St, Dumfries, VA 22026-2318
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house museum is in old Dumfries and is one of the few things to see in town. They do tours on the hour from 11-4 Thursdays through Mondays. I got there a few minutes after 11, but was the only visitor. The lady there...More

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Reviewed September 13, 2016

This museum is one of the lesser known ones among the many in Northern Virginia, but it is easily accessible if you know it's there. There are scheduled tours, and the tour guide will give you a nice history of the house, plus tell you...More

2  Thank DejaCheek
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Reviewed September 12, 2016

Interesting place - Parson Weems who wrote the biography of Washington (cherry tree, etc.) was the Weems. Benjamin Gaines Botts who died in The Great Richmond Theater Fire and was VP Aaron Burr's attorney in the treason trial was the Botts. The house is reportedly...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2016

A group of us actually stopped by for a tour as part of a bachelorette party for a friend, because we love to hunt history together. Our tour guide Emma (only 17!!) informed us the tour was an hour and a half, which sounded quite...More

3  Thank CEHandy
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Reviewed June 22, 2016

The Weems-Botts Museum is tucked away in Dumfries , VA. It provides a history of the area and is a fun place to take the kids. It is not a large museum so about 1 hour would be plenty of time . Just right before...More

2  Thank Steven S
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Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is one of the best small museums I have ever visited, with the understanding that it does not attempt to be like a larger-scale museum. But, here you can touch items and hear tales from the era of the American Revolution of the port...More

2  Thank sewkap
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Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting museum. Didn't know Dumfries had such a place in early American history. I really enjoyed it...plus it has a very nice view

1  Thank Anthony E
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Reviewed February 10, 2015

You will really enjoy the history of Dumfries. The oldest port in the area. Very interesting American history of the colonial era.

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Reviewed September 16, 2014

Although the historical building itself is a few rooms in an old house, this museum showcases 400+ years of history, from the founding of Dumfries in 1609 through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and up to today. Tour guide Erica was a superb presenter...More

3  Thank Karen L
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

Our group of 4 had a tour on a chilly, rainy day in late May. We were the only visitors at the time, so we had our own guide, who is a fount of information! We learned much about the early port in the area,...More

3  Thank SJS201158
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