Open 2021 1st May- 31st October
About The Birthplace Museum
The Birthplace cottage is furnished in the style of the 1700s when John Paul Jones was born. An audio account in the words of his mother describes life in the cottage. There is an audio-visual presentation, which is based on an eye witness account of the Battle of Flamborough Head, by Captain Jones’s Midshipman Nathanial Fanning of Connecticut in the reconstructed cabin from his ship the Bonhomme Richard in which he defeated the HMS Serapis off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire in 1779.
The inviting visitor centre also boasts an interpretive exhibition on the life of ‘The Father of the American Navy’ with video presentations. There is an attractive rural picnic area offering marvelous views of the Solway and the Lake District.There is also a small cafe and shop.
Located near the grounds of Arbigland House, 1 mile from Kirkbean.
Arriving by train?
From Dumfries Station – Take the Bus number 372 from Dumfries to Dalbeattie via New Abbey and get off in Kirkbean. Walk 50 yards towards Carsethorn and you will see a right-hand junction marked John Paul Jones Cottage. Turn right at the white cottage and continue for 1 mile (uphill), until you see signposts to the left for the cottage near some white metal railings. Walk down the avenue and at the bottom turn right in front of the big gateway to Arbigland House. Its only 50 yards form here on the left. The walk from Kirkbean will take you half an hour.