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Prince William County, Virginia


"Celebrating 250 years - 1749 to 1999"

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Statistics & Facts

The Virginia state capital is Richmond.
The population of Dumfries is approximately 4,937 (2000), 4961 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,606 (1990), 1531 (2010).
The amount of land area in Dumfries is 4.379 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Dumfries to Washington DC is 29 miles.
The distance to the Virginia state capital is 71 miles. (as the crow flies)
Dumfries is positioned 38.56 degrees north of the equator and 77.32 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in the general Washington, D.C. area.
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History & History Related Items

Dumfries is the oldest continously chartered town in Virginia having received its charter on May 11, 1749. It was named by John Graham for his birthplace, Dumfrieshire, Scotland. By 1759, Dumfries had become a center for business and commerce in the area and the county was moved from Cedar Run to Dumfries. The town began to peak in the early 1760's. After that time, the main commodity changed from tobacco to wheat and sugar and an economic downturn began. When Dumfries commerce did not pick up after the revolutionary war, the county court was once again moved, this time to Brentsville. This only helped the economy to spiral down even more as the trade from "court days" went elsewhere.

A history page for Dumfries, Virginia
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The settling of Dumfries



Weems-Botts Museum
Portions of this building pre-date 1798, making it the oldest existing building in the community. It has been restored and since coming in the hands of the city in 1974.

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Dumfries City Government

Town Of Dumfries
101 S Main St
Dumfries, VA 22026-2311
Phone: 703-221-3400
Fax: 703-221-3544

Dumfries Clerk's Office
PO Box 56
Dumfries, VA 22026-0056
Phone: 703-221-4133

Dumfries Libraries

Dumfries Mini Library
261 S Fraley Blvd # A
Dumfries, VA 22026-2411
Phone: 703-221-2268

Dumfries Schools

Potomac High School
16706 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Dumfries, VA 22026-2115
Phone: 703-221-1134 Dumfries


The population of Dumfries was:
1990 - 4,282
2000 - 4,937

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