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Dumfries in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Weems Botts Museum

 
 
Weems Botts Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 16, 2008
1. Weems Botts Museum Marker
Inscription. The Weems-Botts House offers a fascinating history on Virginia’s oldest chartered town and two of the more colorful personalities to have lived here: the Rev. Mason Locke Weems and attorney Benjamin Botts. Weems, biographer of George Washington, was the creator of the famous cherry tree myth. Educated as a cleric, Weems actually made the core of his living as a bookseller and author of almanacs, and initially used the museum building as a bookstore. By contrast, attorney Benjamin Botts used the building as his law office. Botts is best remembered as one of the lead lawyers who successfully defended Aaron Burr during his infamous treason and conspiracy trial.
 
Erected by Fortuna Center Plaza Merchants.
 
Location. 38° 35.765′ N, 77° 19.924′ W. Marker is in Dumfries, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Fortuna Center Plaza near Dumfries Road (Virginia Route 234), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4116 Fortuna Center Plaza, Dumfries VA 22025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Williams Ordinary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine
Weems Botts Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 5, 2014
2. Weems Botts Museum Marker
(about 400 feet away); Potomac Path (about 500 feet away); Rippon Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Troop Movements and Camp (approx. half a mile away); “Camp Fisher” Civil War Campsite (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alexander Henderson (approx. 1.1 miles away); Little Union Baptist Church (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dumfries.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Weems-Botts House has its own marker, and you can see it at this link.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Weems Botts Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 16, 2008
3. Weems Botts Museum Marker
Weems Botts Museum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 1, 2011
4. Weems Botts Museum
Weems Botts Museum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 1, 2011
5. Weems Botts Museum
Front Door<br>Weems-Botts Museum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 1, 2011
6. Front Door
Weems-Botts Museum
with National Register Plaque
Mason Locke (Parson) Weems image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 1, 2011
7. Mason Locke (Parson) Weems
This portrait of Washington's hagiographer hangs above the mantlepiece in The Weems-Botts Museum.
Benjamin Gaines Botts image. Click for more information.
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8. Benjamin Gaines Botts
 
 
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