Visit Weem-Bott Museum For Your Halloween Ghost Stories

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

It looks innocent enough.  A small house located just off the main road through Dumfries Virginia. If you ask local historians and ghost hunters they will tell you the Weems-Bott Museum is not for the faint of heart.  The museum is listed as the 2nd most haunted spot in Virginia. 


Weems-Bott Museum Dumfries VA

Lets start with a little history.  The town of Dumfries is the oldest charter city in Virginia.  At one point it was a bustling seaport but silt from the Potomac River eventually closed the port.  The museum is named after two of the owners.  The first was Mason Weems, George Washington's biographer.  He is credited with the stories about George Washington chopping down the cherry tree and throwing a silver dollar across the Rappahanock River.  He also wrote biographies of other famous people during colonial times including Ben Franklin and William Penn.

The second owner was an attorney, Benjamin Botts.  He was famous for being part of the defense team during the Aaron Burr treason and conspiracy trial.  He used the building as his law offices.  There is a gap in the history of the Weems-Bott house between 1811 and 1869.  Homes in the area were often used during the civil war for troops and hospitals but there isn't any recorded history of what went on with the home until the Merchant family took residence in 1869.  The home remained in their family until 1974.

It was then as the home was being converted to a museum by the Historic Dumfries society that they began to notice the strange occurances in the home.  Books that fly off shelves, a woman in a long dress seen outside the museum and another woman that followed visitors from the upper floor bedroom down the stairs.  Ghost busters spent the night in the home and supposedly recorded a child's voice telling them to "get out of my house."  That certainly is enough to send shivers up your spine.

Tours are available every Friday and Saturday in October.  Call the Museum to get details on the ghost tours at (703) 221-2218.



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Comments (10)

Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

This is the season to take one of those ghost tours and to see for yourself.

Oct 15, 2013 01:25 PM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

How interesting, I'm a little spooked by that child ghost though!

Oct 16, 2013 11:32 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

It sounds interesting. I have a ghost hunter friend that would love it. His group takes their equipment and spends nights in places they think is haunted.  He has some wild stories.

Oct 17, 2013 05:35 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a great Halloween spot to visit.  Knowing the history of such a unique place adds so much to visitors.  Love it!

Oct 17, 2013 07:22 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Debbie they sponsor a lock in at least once during the Halloween season and they've been featured on one of the parinormal TV shows.

Oct 17, 2013 10:53 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Carol I know a child seems so sad.

Oct 17, 2013 10:53 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Larry then this is the place for them to visit.  They have been filmed for one of the ghost hunter TV shows.

Oct 17, 2013 10:54 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Thanks for stopping by Jan.  Enjoy your evening.

Oct 17, 2013 10:55 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Wonderful, seasonal post Cindy. I am not a good ghost gal - have no desire to scare myself. Haha. I know so many folks, much braver, love to visit these haunts.

Oct 18, 2013 06:20 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Such a spooky and interesting history. Strange that there is such a long gap with no history on the house. Thanks for sharing with us!


Oct 20, 2013 06:06 AM