Weems Botts Museum

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Weems–Botts House Museum is dedicated to the history of Dumfries and the two people who lived here: Mason Locke “Parson” Weems and attorney Benjamin Botts. Weems (1759-1825) was a clergyman and author, the first biographer of George Washington, who created the cherry tree story (“I cannot tell a lie, I did it with my little hatchet”) as well as the tale that Washington threw a silver dollar more than 300 feet across the Rappahannock River. The home was sold in 1802 to Benjamin Botts (1776-1811) who famously represented Aaron Burr at his treason and conspiracy trial. Botts died in 1811 in the Richmond Theater fire. The house is said to be haunted: Witnesses say they have seen books fly off shelves and a bedroom closet door open by itself every day.

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3944 Cameron St
Dumfries, VA 22026
United States

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38.56859499999999, -77.33026999999998
Prince William County, Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Dumfries, VA (0.1 mi.)
Triangle, VA (1.5 mi.)
Montclair, VA (3.0 mi.)
Quantico Station, VA (3.2 mi.)
Cherry Hill, VA (3.4 mi.)
Quantico, VA (3.8 mi.)
Dale City, VA (4.8 mi.)
Potomac Mills, VA (5.7 mi.)
Independent Hill, VA (7.4 mi.)
Woodbridge, VA (7.6 mi.)

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  1. This museum and the surrounding property are definitely haunted. The town of Dumfries allows the museum to give ghost tours ONLY during the month of October and the tours often sell out in advance. On the walking tours, people have claimed to see shadow figures in the area. Sensitives and Mediums love to tour the property and surrounding areas to “chat” with the many unseen entities. Highly recommend the tours during October!

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