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“Fascinating” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ben Lomond Manor House & Old Rose Garden

Ben Lomond Manor House & Old Rose Garden
10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109
703-367-7872
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Ranked #10 of 23 things to do in Manassas
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The Manor House is known for its Federal architecture and its role as a hospital for Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Also notable is the garden, which features rose varieties developed before the 20th century.
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

This small house is a gem. If you like history, and are interested in medicine, it is a must. Our guide, Mr. B. Backus was knowledgeable about this house, and naturally helpful in answering our questions, when he knew the answers [We have a way of stumping tour guides with our inquisitiveness.]. The house was used as a hospital, and the statistics surprised us and gave us a new perspective on the Battle of First Manassas. While our 4 year old did well, I recommend an older age group for most youngsters, unless very well behaved.
One could see the first floor and get the spiel with a wheelchair.

Visited May 2012
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“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

My husband and I recently visited Ben Lomond Manor. We're relatively local and trying to see all the historical site tied to the Civil War. This would be a GREAT attraction for Families with kids or teenagers. The tour guide we had was great! She made the tour interesting - as in fun not read from a history book. If we get house guests I would definitely bring them here for a bit of history. One tip: This site was uses a a hospital so there is some discussion about civil war medical techniques (or lack there of). The fake blood is a hoot and would make any kid of teenager have fun.

Visited August 2011
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“Better Known as the Pringle House Hospital During the Battles of Manassas - Worth a Visit IF in the Area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Large manor house (named Ben Lomond after a place in Scotland) was built in the 1830'a by the Chin family. It is a typical Federal style manor/plantation style house, but what makes it of interest is the role it played during the Civil War. The Chin family has leased it out to the Pringle during the period surrounding the Civil War. During the Battles of Manassas / Bull Run, the house was taken over twice to function as a triage hospital, primarily for Confederate soldiers. Of particular note is that the inside house walls are covered with graffitti from when the soldiers (both Confederate and Federal/Union) occuppied the house. Besides the main house, there is a tour of the slave quarters, smoke house and dairy. The rose garden is relatively small and disappointing.

What makes this house worth a visit is the reenactors are portraying the house as a battle hospital. It is a fun way (from kids to senior citizens) to learn about medicine in a much different era, and the guides made it seem so real. The presentation on medical equipment, amputations and drugs was particularly interesting. Unlike many places, here you can actually enter rooms and touch the equipment and furnings, unlike many museums.

Great guides to explain things. Worth visiting to make the impact of the Civil War seem more personal and real.

Visited July 2011
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