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Historic Dumfries Turns 40, Neighborhood Meeting Planned to Discuss Future of Weems-Botts Museum

By Potomac Local News February 11, 2014 4:35 pm

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Historic Dumfries turns 40 years old this month.

The organization charted to bring more visitors to the Prince William County town, as well as maintaining the popular Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries, was recognized recently for their milestone.

The organization also welcomed their 3,000th visitor to the town late last year, according to a newsletter distributed by the Dumfries Business Association.

The Town of Dumfries has a history that dates back prior to Virginia becoming a state.

“We can trace our early roots back to the 1619, and we know that in the 1660s, Dumfries was free community, free of slavery,” said Historic Dumfries Director Joann Baron.

The Weems-Botts museum served as the home of President George Washington’s biographer, Mason Locke Weems, and later as a law office of Benjamin Botts.

Baron has invited area residents to the Weems-Botts Museum Annex at 9344 Cameron Street in Dumfries for a roundtable discussion on what residents would like to see in their museum.

“We are looking for fresh ideas for displays, programs and an opportunity to capture valuable “Oral History.” Join us for this opportunity to present the very rich African American History of Dumfries,” said Baron.

The discussion will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19.