“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dumfries in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Weems-Botts House

Weems-Botts House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 23, 2017
1. Weems-Botts House Marker
Inscription. Built in 1747, the Weems-Botts House is one of the oldest surviving structures in Dumfries. The smaller, original section of the house comprised two rooms and served as the Quantico Church vestry until the town confiscated it during the American Revolution. Parson Mason Locke Weems, the first biographer of George Washington and author of the cherry tree story, purchased the building in 1798. Benjamin Botts acquired the house in 1802 and used it as a law office while defending Aaron Burr at his famous treason trial. Botts' ownership ended with his death in the Richmond Theater fire of 1811. The house passed through several owners until the Merchant family purchased it in 1869. They built a two story addition in the 1870s and their descendants lived here until 1968. Local residents saved the house from destruction in 1974 and it opened as a museum in 1975.
Erected 2016 by Prince William County Historical Commission.
Location. 38° 34.107′ N, 77° 19.756′ W. Marker is in Dumfries, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Cameron Street just west of Duke Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3944 Cameron St., Dumfries VA 22026, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At
Weems-Botts House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 23, 2017
2. Weems-Botts House and Marker
least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Weems-Botts House (a few steps from this marker); William Grayson Bandstand Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Prince William County Court House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Revolutionary War Patriots and War of 1812 Veterans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Quantico Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dumfries Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of Dumfries (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dumfries.
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2017, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 435 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2017, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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