The Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries, VA, is usually found near the top of the list of haunted hot spots in the Old Dominion state. It was originally a private residence and had been continually occupied by a series of different families since the 1700s until it was eventually converted to a museum dedicated to showcasing daily life in Dumfries through the years. During the American Civil War, it became a fierce battleground that changed hands between Union and Confederate troops several times throughout that conflict. It's also a burial ground, holding the remains of thousands of Civil War soldiers. A new archeological study may also have confirmed the presence of a slave cemetery next to the museum, although research remains ongoing.
Video shows results of most recent investigation
Reports of paranormal activity at the museum, including spirit voices (EVPs), apparitions, moving objects, and odd mists, are common. Many visitors say they have feelings of being watched and some have even been touched by one of the ghostly residents. Independent paranormal researcher David Bennett has conducted numerous investigations at Weems-Botts Museum and compiled an impressive record that documents the activity at this historic site. According to David, "Every time I've visited the museum it seems as though something happens. I created this short video to summarize our latest investigation. But there's always more to learn and discovering the secrets at this location is an ongoing project that's never boring." Additional paranormal evidence from David and other investigators is included on the Museum's Facebook page and also on David's YouTube channel.
Join the "Ghost Walk" at Weems-Botts Museum
Museum Curator Joann Barron was once a skeptic about all things paranormal. However, after numerous personal experiences and a ton of audio, video, and photographic evidence, she has accepted that she's never truly alone at Weems-Botts. The museum's spirits seem to be mostly friendly and eager to interact with visitors.
As the Halloween season begins, Weems-Botts Museum will be hosting "Freaky Friday the 13th, A Family Friendly Haunted Ghost Walk" on 9/13/2013. Tours are scheduled for 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, and 8:30pm. Admission is $8 per person for adults and $5 per person for students. Meet at the Weems-Botts Museum Annex at 3944 Cameron St. Dumfries, VA 22026. Participants are invited to share their own Ghost Stories around the bonfire while roasting marshmallows and drinking cider or hot chocolate. For reservations call (703)-221-2218. It's a great start to the Halloween season!