Mayors Welcome


When I was elected Mayor, I took the oath of office and promised to be a visionary, to develop strategies, to proactively address problems, to see Dumfries not just as it is currently, but as what it can be for future generations to come, and to push through striking changes that can positively affect this Town for decades to follow. The well-being and the quality of life of the entire community are where my priorities lie, and I have promised to lead the community into and triumphantly through challenges, not to shy away from them.  The future is all about change in the Town of Dumfries, and we are ready to address those challenges head on. 

On behalf of the Town Council and Town Staff, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the Town of Dumfries, Virginia. Every day, the governing body works to make life in Dumfries the best that it can be.  It is the mission of the Council, along with the Town Staff, to work together to constantly strive to improve the way of life for the citizens of the Town of Dumfries. The Council and Town Staff are committed to working with the numerous advisory boards, committees, and citizens who volunteer their time to serve their community, as together we plan for the bright future of our Town.

To our citizens, I want to thank you for entrusting me with leading the Town of Dumfries into the next exciting phase of our history. Only through your tremendous strengths, talents, creativity, and diversity, can the Town of Dumfries realize its full potential as one of the leading Towns in Prince William County.

Dumfries history began in 1690 when Richard Gibson erected a gristmill on Quantico Creek.  It was the Business Owners that created this Port Town, formally established on 60 acres of land at the head of Quantico Creek. The General Assembly of Virginia established Dumfries as the first of seven townships in Prince William County. Dumfries received its charter on May 11, 1749, making it the oldest continuously chartered town in Virginia. Today the Town of Dumfries offers a community rich in history and commerce. 

The Council is striving to make the Town of Dumfries, not just another suburb within Prince William County, but rather a destination place and a Town that can be enjoyed and treasured by all who call historic Dumfries home. In order to achieve our goal, we must not sit idly by and be content to let the next chapter in the Town’s history simply write itself. We must create our future together to develop a diverse economic climate accessible to all, to prosper for everyone, to ensure everyone does their fair share, and to ensure everyone has a chance to succeed.

I encourage you to stop by and get to know Dumfries, whether it is just for a visit or if you are looking for a place to open a business, and / or live.  We are revamping our approach to business to make it easier, faster, and more advantageous to all businesses within the Town to develop, promote, and sustain operations for generations.  Economically, it is our mission to provide all of the amenities that companies seek when deciding to relocate or open a business.

Thank for your interest in the Town of Dumfries.  In our ongoing efforts to communicate effectively with the Residents, Business Owners, and Visitors of our Town, this site was designed to provide you with information about the Town and allow you to become involved with our Town’s many programs and initiatives. I hope you find the website useful and informative.

We cannot think of everything and as always the Town relies heavily on citizens for support, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for, let us know.  During your search on our site, if there are questions that are not addressed, please feel free to contact any member of the Town Staff through their links or contact me via email and I will be glad to answer your questions or concerns as promptly as possible. Together we will work to enhance what we have been given from those who have preceded us, and ensure that we leave behind a legacy for those who follow. I look forward to working with you in the years ahead.


 Gerald M. Foreman


Town of Dumfries