August 19, 2019
Is your family currently stationed in the Virginia area? And you’re trying to figure out which Blue Star Museum you should pay a visit to next?
If so, we’ve got a special treat for you today. Lisa Timmerman, the Executive Site Manager of Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc., and The Weems-Botts Museum is on the blog today to share the 10 reasons why you should visit this historical site!
1. You’ll travel back in time.
Our historic structure was built in the 1700s and used until 1968. As we walk through the historic house, you’ll pass into the Colonial, Victorian, and WWII era as we discuss how such a small building could be used for so much!
2. We won’t deceive you.
Unlike Mason Locke Weems, the owner of the historic structure in 1798 and the first biographer of George Washington, we will tell you the truth about the first president of the U.S. and the cherry tree.
3. The Henderson House.
Yes, the Archibald Henderson. Although the house he grew up in as a child is currently a private residence, our tours discuss the unique history of the house as we walk by the structure.
4. Lunch & play.
You can have lunch in our 2-acre park or even play on the playground next to our gazebo and pavilion. While larger parties can rent this space out, guests are always invited to enjoy the hidden treasure that is Merchant Park.
5. You can pay respect to the dead.
Take a tour of the historic cemetery dating back to the 1600s. From soldiers to the enslaved, the community of Dumfries still remembers those who came before them.
6. You’ll get a craving for seafood.
Dumfries used to be a port town in the 1700s, and you can literally see how our early Virginians slowly destroyed our nautical prowess. Don’t like seafood? Ask me about the cows in the 1900s, and switch your craving to dairy and burgers.
7. It’s easy to get here and put the world on pause.
Although conveniently located next to I-95 and Route 1, you’ll feel like you stopped in a quaint town far from the stress and headaches of traffic!
8. You can scare yourself silly before visiting.
Although we only discuss our haunted lore in our famous October evening Ghost Walks, you can view videos from different television companies that visited our property, like A&E’s A Ghost Story or The Dead Files.
9. You’ll be close to Quantico Military Base.
Many of our volunteers and members of the Board of Directors are Marines! We truly appreciate the sacrifices made daily by our country’s soldiers and their families, and we feel honored to be a Blue Star Museum.
10. We offer free programming throughout the entire year.
Beyond the Blue Star Museums season (Armed Forces Day through Labor Day), our complementary programs and low rates mean your family can afford a museum trip year-round. Yes, without having to budget the rest of your day.
Bonus! You’ll learn about chartered towns.
If you don’t know about them already, there’s no need to be embarrassed! It’s a common question we get as Dumfries is the oldest chartered town in Virginia.
Now, are you ready to plan your visit? Historic Dumfries Virginia operates The Weems-Botts Museum and is open May through October, Monday-Thursday, 11 am – 4 pm. Tours begin on the hour, with the last tour starting at 3 pm. And November through April, visitors can call/email to schedule a tour or visit for our seasonal and holiday programs.
Don’t forget to share your experience on social media using the hashtag #BlueStarMuseums!
Lisa Timmerman is the Executive Site Manager of Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc., and The Weems-Botts Museum. Her love for history has no bounds as she also teaches online for Tidewater Community College. When she is not giving tours or emphasizing Mason Locke Weems’ tendency to “exaggerate” about George Washington, you will probably find her hiding in the archives happily surrounded by primary sources. Look for the signs on I-95 and Route 1 and drop by for an unusual and awesome experience.
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