Dumfries town engineer and historian Lee Lansing has asked developers J.V. Elrod and Robert Davis to stop dumping landfill material and parking heavy machinery on the Civil War battery site, which is surrounded by the 83-acre landfill. The 100-foot site, which is owned by Prince William County, contains no Civil War artillery, but according to Historic Dumfries President Ann Flory, "an archeological dig would be certain to unearth treasures." No historical marker designates the site, she said, but Historic Dumfries will ask for a "No Trespassing" sign to be erected until a marker can "be fitted into the budget."
The county planning commision is waiting for a cost estimate from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation before it decides to pursue an excavation that has so far been "tantalizingly incomplete" at the site of the former county courthouse in Dumfries, according to two archeologists at the site. According to county planner John Schofield, little is known about the courthouse, which stood in Dumfries from 1759 to 1822, but archeologists who conducted a dig last summer believe George Mason's architect, William Buckland, may have designed the structure. Sketches of a courthouse strongly resembling the one that used to stand at Dumfries have been found on an interior wall at Williamsburg's Gunston Hall, which Buckland designed, Schofield said.
The Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, which serves the Dumfries-Triangle area, will sponsor the Potomac Hospital Follies at Gar-Field High School at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for the Lifeline Program, a personal emergency system that allows elderly or disabled persons to maintain independence. Tickets will be $5.