John Paul Jones Birthplace Cottage & Museum

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John Paul Jones Birthplace Cottage & Museum

John Paul Jones Birthplace Cottage & Museum
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A Museum celebrating the birthplace and life of John Paul Jones a Scotsman who left home at 13 and was Captain of his ship by 21. He went on to become considered the Founder of the American Navy , reaching the rank of Captain and also an Admiral in the Russian Navy, working for Empress Catherine the Great of Russia. The King of France Louis XVI knighted John for services rendered to France and presented him with a gold hilted sword. An amazing story not to be missed.
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Michael O
Grangemouth, UK471 contributions
NOT A FREE ATTRACTION.
Oct 2020 • Couples
Situated quite a bit off the main road, the museum has a reception area, parking space for about 10 vehicles, which can also be used for overnight parking for a fee, worth a visit if you like learning about Scottish history, this is not a free attraction.
Written 8 October 2020
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We are a charity without core funding so we have to charge a small entrance fee of £4.50 Adults and £4.00 concessions and children are FREE!
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Mick B
Chester, UK96 contributions
A Hidden Gem
Oct 2020
This is a hidden gem. It is a small but very interesting museum about the founder of the US Navy. The staff were lovely and went out of their way to make the visit interesting. The short film at the start of the tour was very informative and the cottage interesting. Clothes for the kids to get dressed up.
The view from the museum boards Sourtherness and beyond across the Solway Firth are wonderful.
Make sure you combine your visit with the adjacent Nearly Lost Gardens of Arbigland. We particularly enjoyed it.
Written 3 October 2020
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scaryDerbyshire
Chesterfield, UK105 contributions
How didn't I know?
Sep 2020 • Couples
Whilst on holiday in Southerness the cottage owner told me about John Paul Jones so we had to visit his birth place. I cant believe I had never come across him in my history lessons at school. The lady in the museum was very helpful and put the film on for us to watch etc. Only a very small museum but I learnt alot in a short time. Worth a visit.
Written 27 September 2020
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Rest757
Glasgow, UK198 contributions
Disappointing - had been looking forward to visiting
Aug 2020
Well signposted from the village but boy does the road/track deteriorate as you get closer to the museum. Thought I should have brought my 4X4 for the journey down the track through the woods. The grounds around the museum itself were badly in need of grass cutting, the rose garden was weed infested and rather sad looking, the gravel parking area looked like it needed a good raking/tidy up and the outside seating benches looked like no-one has washed them down for a long time.

On entering the museum, the staff member was very cheery and helpful. The story of John Paul Jones is fascinating but sitting watching a film on a small television screen reminded me of a 1970's visitor experience. Don't know who owns and runs this museum - there's a fantastic story to tell, in a great geographical location but it looks like it needs much more active management (and investment).
Written 17 August 2020
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Hungry-sailor86
San Fernando La Union, Philippines319 contributions
great little museum
Aug 2020 • Friends
this is a great little museum of the birth and life of a man who was great in his lifetime, unappreciated at death and admired now for being a founding father of one of the greatest military ocean going forces in history. a fascinating background of a man who rose to greatness from
such humble roots though i feel the us navy could donate a few more artifacts for the museum.
we visited on a whim as we believed the museum to be closed like most other attractions. however on passing we saw it was open. the cottage was all locked up but the lady in charge allowed us access.
the other museums and attractions in the area should take note - allow your patrons to be responsible and we will be!
Written 1 August 2020
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jim p
3 contributions
Checking on my life long hero
Oct 2019 • Solo
He has been my hero since age 5 (I am over 65). He inspired me to attend the US Naval Academy (Class Of 1976) and make a career in the US Navy. The more I learn about this man the more in awe of him I become. I am honored to be able to visit and keep this sacred site of American and world history alive. I urge others to do the same. This humble location is the birthplace of one of the world’s most courageous and influential individuals the world has ever forgotten. It is an experience of a lifetime to discover this incredible human being!
Written 17 March 2020
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508EllenCee
Northborough, MA866 contributions
Only if you are true lover of naval history
Sep 2019
John Paul Jones is a fascinating figure, with an illustrious life, a sad death, and an equally fascinating journey after death to his current resting spot in Annapolis, MD. However, if you are aren't a lover of naval history or a descendant, this tiny museum might not be of interest to you. It's a very simple cottage, with not much to see. The re-creation of a ships' cabin is an odd add-on to the cottage. The caretaker admitted to us that only Americans seem to know (or care) who JPJ was. My admittedly non-scientific polling of acquaintances does bear out this fact.
John Paul Jones was born in Scotland in this cottage and he went off to sea. He became a sea captain in the fledgling "American Navy" actually taking the fight to England. He threatened the Isles, actually made one raid near his old home, and more famously, had a fight off Flamborough Head with the British Navy, which was visible from the shore. His ship was badly battered by the Royal Navy, but when he was asked to surrender he said, "I have not yet begun to fight!" He eventually outlasted the Brits, merely by outlasting them (naval Rope-A-Dope). He is considered the father of the American Navy, and his body was eventually buried at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, after being exhumed from his burial in Paris in the chaos of the French Revolution. (A whole 'nother story.)
Written 14 October 2019
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magnolia371
London, UK1 contribution
Excellent
Jul 2019
A very interesting small museum. Loved finding out about somebody who had an amazing life, albeit short, who is not very well known in this country. Fascinating! Very friendly and knowledgeable attendant who was happy to chat not only about John Paul Jones but other places of interest in the area. Also the friendliest dog I've ever met!
Written 9 October 2019
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,350 contributions
Interesting, little known history
Jul 2019
This cottage was the home of a man who was prominent in (particularly US) naval history. Interesting history. There are two video presentations which are both interesting but too long. Entrance is a little pricey. Friendly staff. Tiny shop. Only instant coffee, which is a shame
Written 10 September 2019
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BeardyDave1897
North West England, UK84 contributions
A sadly little known part of 18th Century naval history...at least in the UK
Aug 2019
(Nothing to do with the Led Zeppelin musician)

I was aware of his Whitehaven exploit but nothing of his other naval exploits in both the American and Russian navies

A fascinating little museum (with a friendly dog)
Written 5 September 2019
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