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 marvellous views of the Solway and the Lake District.
There is also a small cafe and shop.