The Road To Yorktown

Dumfries Revolutionary War Weekend

September 12-13

10:00 AM — 4:00 PM

FREE!! - Shuttle Bus Parking at

Dumfries Elementary School & Dumfries Town Hall

In September 1781, American and French forces marched through Prince William County on their way to victory at Yorktown. Join us for an exciting two day joint event. Williams Ordinary and Weems Botts Museum will both be hosting living history demonstrations Featuring historic trades, cooking and youth activities. Meet generals and common men and women who traveled with the army on their way to Yorktown. On Saturday, meet historian Dr. John Maass with his newly released book “The Road to
Yorktown” Dr. Maass will also give a talk on his book.


Skirmishes in Dumfries
October 3rd From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

This free family friendly, educational, and fun event allows you to explore civil war camp life here in Dumfries,  This will include infantry drills, marching, musket firing demonstrations, medical hospital tent, the everyday life of a soldier, camp conditions and cooking!   Stop by and learn about Historic Dumfries, Virginia during the Civil War; visit with the Surgeon and learn about Civil War Medicine; talk with our hosts, members of  the Confederate 47th Virginia  and the Union Ohio 29th who were encamped here in Dumfries during the  Blockade of the Potomac.   Author, Heather Butts will be here to do a reading and signing of her book, African American Medicine in Washington D.C.  Join us for this Living History Program of the Civil War as it was in Dumfries!



         A Blue and Grey Ladies Tea  
Will be held in the Gazebo on October 3, 2015 at 3:00 in the Afternoon.  Tickets to attend this Antebellum Tea are $15 each and need to be purchased in advance.  This is limited to 15 people and will include a full course tea offering.  Please call 703-221-2218 for information and to reserve your spot.



Join Historic Dumfries for a “Spirited” Ghost Walk and

Haunted Museum Overnight “Lock-In”

Are you are brave enough?  Take a walking tour through Dumfries Haunted Heights, visit Weems-Botts — listed as the second most haunted site in Virginia by the Fredericksburg Star, and featured on “My Ghost Story” in the Spring and Summer of 2013, and on CBS, “Spirited History.”  Hear local tales of ghostly wonder and mystery along the way.  Learn about the most haunted house in Dumfries and it’s most recent occurrences.  Finish with hot chocolate and cider by the campfire in eerie and haunted Merchant Park.  Share your own ghost encounters with other visitors!  Walks are $10 per person, $5 for students and free for kids under 6 years of age.  If you want to test your bravery, spend the night in our “Haunted House!”  $75 per person, reservations are required. Join us for this fun and unique fundraiser for the Weems Botts Museum! 

Dates:  Ghost Walks -October  9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30,31  Time: 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 8:30 p.m.    Museum Lock-In - October 10, 17, 24 and 31st  RSVP to 703-221-2218


We have lots of fun volunteer

opportunities !

Opportunities are available on both ongoing or one time events. Help us share history by being a docent, speaking out in the community, writing for our newsletter, help with research, create displays and maintain our herb garden!

Call Joann at 703-221-2218 to learn more about our events.

Directions to Museum

Tours Start at our Museum Welcome Center/Annex 
at 3944 Cameron Street in Dumfries:

From the north: Take exit 152 from I-95, merge left at "Y" exit onto Route 234, turn right at intersection with Route 1. In Dumfries, after highway splits and you pass Town Hall and Community Center on the left and the garden center Dumfries Nursery on the right, turn right off Route 1 onto Duke St. at the Weems-Botts Museum/Merchant Park/William Grayson Memorial sign. The Museum is 2 blocks up the hill at the corner of Duke and Cameron streets, but tours star at our Museum Annex at 3944 Cameron Street. Please do not park in the apartment building's parking area, but alongside Merchant Park.

From the south: Take Exit 152 from I-95, turn right at "Y" exit onto Route 234, then follow directions above