Weems-Botts House Historical

Weems-Botts House Historical (HM1WZC)

Location: Dumfries, VA 22026 Prince William County
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N 38° 34.107', W 77° 19.756'

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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.
Year Placed2016
Placed ByPrince William County Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 297072 N 4271461
Decimal Degrees38.56845000, -77.32926667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.107', W 77° 19.756'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 6.42" N, 77° 19' 45.36" W
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Area Code(s)540, 703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3944 Cameron St, Dumfries VA 22026, US
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