Merchant Park – 1974, the site of Civil War encampments and burials. Surrounding the Weems-Botts Museum on the corner of Cameron and Duke Streets, large shaded and open grassy areas make this a perfect event venue. The park is named after the Merchant family, which bought the house in 1868, added four rooms to the structure and resided in it for 99 years.
Containing approximately 2 acres, Merchant Park in Dumfries is operated by Historic Dumfries, Virginia and maintained by the Town of Dumfries, it includes a large central gazebo with cement apron in front, and large covered picnic-table pavilion, kitchen and serving area, horseshoe pits, BBQ grills, bathrooms, and other amenities. The popular grounds can be rented for parties and receptions.
Historic Dumfries hosts a number of programs in Merchant Park throughout the year, including Revolutionary War and Civil War reenactments, an antiques and collectibles show and a Christmas parade. The museum also contains Prince William County genealogical sources, which the public can use by appointment.
Another place of historic significance in Dumfries is the bandstand in Merchant Park. It was erected by the Prince William County Historical Commission. The bandstand is a memorial to William Grayson. He was best known as one of Virginia’s first senators.
The William Grayson Bandstand Memorial
The bandstand in Merchant Park was erected by the Prince William County Historical Commission in memory of William Grayson, one of Virginia’s first senators and illustrious citizen of Dumfries, Virginia.
The memorial bandstand was dedicated on July 10, 1976 (American Independence Bicentennial) at the Dumfries Liberty Day celebration by Senator William Scott of Virginia. The memorial bandstand is equipped with sound and light facilities. There’s a concrete apron in front for use as a stage.
Arrangements for use may be made by calling the Weems-Botts Museum at (703) 221-2218 or by writing Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. at 3944 Cameron Street, Dumfries, VA 22026.
To view Merchant Park Site plans click here.