Dumfries, Virgina was once a key part of the elite tobacco industry. During colonial times, the town rivaled New York City in size and population. Tobacco was shipped here from all over the colonies, making Dumfries a popular place for merchants. Unfortunately, as the Revolutionary War began and wheat and sugar replaced tobacco as the main exports, Dumfries lost its status as the second largest shipping port in the colonies.
Modern-day Dumfries is a quaint place to visit or hang your hat. First stop: Merchant Park. Not only are there trails to explore with your dog, but you can pay your respects to fallen soldiers as well. There are often Civil War and Revolutionary War reenactments that you and your dog can watch when you tire of the trails. All throughout the beautiful park are monuments that showcase Dumfries' history and tell the story of the area.
Cecil Garrison Park is a little less tourist attraction and a little more nature. It is packed with beautiful walking trails where you and your dog can walk under century-old trees. There are fountains, restrooms, and even a picnic spot up front, but once you start walking the trails, it is easy to feel like you are miles away from anyone.