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Dumfries, the largest town in Prince William County, was chartered in 1749. It is named for a town in Scotland from where a locally prominent merchant hailed. It grew in wealth and importance as a major tobacco port, that rivaled New York and Boston but soil erosion and silting of the port caused Dumfries' demise. Today, Dumfries is known as the oldest continually chartered town in Virginia. It is home to the Weems-Botts Museum and is the keeper of much of our Nation’s early history.
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