Tobacco Inspection Act of 1730
Sir William Gooch’s Tobacco Inspection Act of 1730 regulated tobacco production, improved quality and resulted in the establishment of a series of busy towns. The Weems-Botts museum tells the story of Dumfries. A thriving port town, its commercial network stretched into the Virginia Piedmont. Residents of the 18th-century house included Mason Locke Weems, who created the Washington cherry tree myth; and Benjamin Botts, one of Aaron Burr’s defense lawyers, who died in the 1811 Richmond Theater Fire.
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