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

History of Dumfries

 
 
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By Jeremy Prats, September 9, 2006
1. History of Dumfries Marker
Inscription. Dumfries, first settled in the early 18th century, became in 1749 the first town in Prince William County chartered by the House of Burgesses. It soon grew in wealth and importance as a major port, rivaling Alexandria, Baltimore, and New York in tonnage shipped. The town's status as a center for the sale and shipment of tobacco despite its inland location on a creek, reached its peak in the 1760's. In 1762 the county court moved to Dumfries, where it remained for 60 years. Ironically, the soil erosion caused by tobacco farming resulted in the silting up of Quantico Creek. The prosperity and population of Dumfries declined and the court moved to Brentsville in 1822.
 
Erected 1993 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 83.)
 
Location. 38° 33.983′ N, 77° 19.464′ W. Marker is in Dumfries, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Frayley Boulevard (U.S. 1) north of Williamstown Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. It is next to Cecil Garrison Park. Marker is in this post office area: Dumfries VA 22026, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dumfries Raid (a few steps from this marker); Revolutionary War Campaign of 1781
History of Dumfries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeremy Prats, September 9, 2006
2. History of Dumfries Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Graham Park (a few steps from this marker); Dumfries - Love’s Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonial Dumfries - Williams Ordinary (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dumfries.
 
Also see . . .
1. Dumfries Virginia History. Page from Wikepedia. (Submitted on September 13, 2006.) 

2. Hand Colored Wood Engraving of Dumfries 1863. From a Sketch by Mr. A.R. Waud. In the George Mason University Library Collection. (Submitted on September 13, 2006.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USColonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2006, by Jeremy Prats of Afton, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,822 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2006, by Jeremy Prats of Afton, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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