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Address: 3944 Cameron St, Dumfries, VA 22026-2318
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+1 703-221-2218
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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 accessible if you know it's there. There are scheduled tours, and the tour guide... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
DejaCheek
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Dumfries, Virginia
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Dumfries, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 September 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 about the resident ghost.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 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 haunted, by the way

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Thank David B
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

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 lengthy for 5 rooms or so. But it wasn't. We covered the 300+ years of... More 

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Thank CEHandy
Northern Virginia, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 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 kids start asking can we leave now!

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Thank Steven S
El Cerrito, CA
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233 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 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 of Dumfries, You will learn that here is the origin of the term "hooker," named... More 

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Reviewed 22 May 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

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Dumfries, Virginia
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Reviewed 10 February 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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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 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 of the historical timeline and interplay with other towns and regional and national events, as... More 

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ALEXANDRIA
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Reviewed 30 May 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, the revolutionary and civil war happenings in the area, the families who owned the house,... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

This museum is a little gem and particularly if you are interested in pre- or post-civil war life in a small port city. The staff will deliver an excellent presentation of how things functioned near the docks, how the rivers shifted and the general change in topography from present day, where the military actions took place, who were the standout... More 

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