Dumfries history began as early as 1690 when Richard Gibson erected a gristmill on Quantico Creek. The Town of Dumfries was formally established on 60 acres of land at the head of the harbor of Quantico Creek, provided by John Graham. He named the town after his birthplace, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
The General Assembly established Dumfries as the first of seven townships in Prince William County. The town received its charter on May 11, 1749- making it the oldest continuously chartered town in Virginia. Dumfries was the second leading port in Colonial America receiving tobacco from the upland. It rivaled New York, Philadelphia, and Boston and was a thriving port for more than 15 years. Due to numerous factors, Dumfries peaked in size and importance in 1763.
Today, Dumfries is 1.63 square miles in size, is home to 4,961 residents (according to the 2010 Census) and is governed by a town council elected at large, which is composed of a mayor and six other members.
This place is perfect for hiking lovers, with over 37 miles of hiking trails, you can plan your next overnight trip or just simply hike the convenient 1/2 mile loop. This park consists of over 15,000 acres, beautifully wooded and filled with a variety of wildlife. A unique activity that puts your skills to the test and available for all ages is called Orienteering. The goal of Orienteering is to find a specific treasure or object using only a compass and map. It’s an activity the park provides free-of-charge for their visitors and you can stop by the Visitor Center to get your compass and map. Prince William Forest Park has actually hosted the International Orienteering Championships due to their extensive course. In addition to this, every year the park hosts special family friendly events like the Heritage Festival or the Paws in the Park event.
Located just 5 minutes outside of Dumfries, Locust Shade Park is the perfect place for a day trip. Offering a 15 station fitness trail, over 3 miles of scenic nature trails, batting cages, driving range, 18-hole mini golf course and a whole lot more. An 8-acre fishing pond is available year round. They have a large, beautiful amphitheater on the property where they host family entertainment events throughout the year.
Nope, it’s not a typo! The Skrimp Shack is “Home to the fattest fish sandwich” and offers some incredible seafood dishes. Several options are available ranging from haddock and whiting to catfish and flounder. Not a seafood fan? That’s okay! They offer a few chicken dishes as well.
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