Rippon Lodge Historic Site

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, Woodbridge: Hours, Address, Rippon Lodge Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Rippon Lodge Historic Site
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Visit one of the oldest homes in Prince William County. Built circa 1747 by Richard Blackburn, the historic house is situated between Neabsco Creek, the Potomac River, and the historic King's Highway (present day Route 1). The original owners, Richard and his son Thomas, had extensive land holdings in the county where they grew tobacco, wheat, and other commodities. By 1842, the Atkinson Family called Rippon Lodge home for about 90 years before the property was sold to Wade Ellis in 1924. Mr. Ellis, and his wife Dessie, purchased 500 acres, renovated the home, turning it into a Colonial Revival residence, and are regarded as being responsible for preserving much of the history. Admiral Richard Blackburn Black, the last private owner, purchased the home in 1952, and continued to preserve the home and history as Mr. Ellis had. Admiral Black is linked to many important historical events, including exploration of Antarctica with Admiral Richard Byrd and Pearl Harbor.
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ProvenExponent
Marietta, GA389 contributions
One of the early settlers in the area that once owned quite a bit of property. Much of the property has been sold off but what remains has been maintained and is worth a visit. We went on a weekday that had been a bit rainy earlier in the day. The part we were able to visit was well maintained. Two volunteers were tending to the garden and to the flowers and shrubs. The person in the house give us a summary of the house and owners through the years. You can see the Potomac River through the trees. Lots of open area to walk around.
Written June 22, 2021
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foodfan57VA
Woodbridge144 contributions
OK, this is not "Mount Vernon" historical- for that, you'll have to go about ten miles north. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful old historical home with grounds to walk about and enjoy. Take two hours off and relax on this property. The guides do a nice job of explaining the full history of the home. Very moderate entrance fee. Convenient parking lot right near the home.
Written February 26, 2013
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Judy C
Destrehan, LA39 contributions
Solo
My guide, John made Rippon Lodge come alive. He provided accurate historical information as well as insight about daily life. I especially enjoyed the personal stories of the people who lived and worked on the property. This visit brought me back in time.
Written September 22, 2018
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Thank you Judy for your visit and review of Rippon Lodge Historic Site. We appreciate it. I will inform John of how much you enjoyed his tour. We look forward to seeing you in the future at one of our events.
Written September 24, 2018
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SMLove226
Woodbridge, VA406 contributions
Family
We recently toured the Rippon Lodge and attended the Easter Egg Hunt with our two small children. It is a beautiful estate and many of the staff/volunteers were friendly and engaging. We enjoyed touring the house and seeing the grounds, particularly the garden and the cemetery near a gorgeous scenic overlook. We were disappointed with the egg hunt and will not attend that event again. It was not explained in the description of the event that it is not a traditional egg hunt and kids must “earn” just a few eggs which were empty inside. Disappointed about that but had a good visit overall.
Written April 15, 2022
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Gr8TavelM8
Manassas, VA11 contributions
Friends
A beautiful example of architecture that spans the years. This house shows how houses evolve over time and isn't dedicated to just one period. that makes it more than a historic place but a house throughout history. The pine paneling in the formal parlor is beautiful! If you get the right tour guide, you might be able to also learn a bit about it's haunted history too. (yeah, it has ghosts.) Great side trip when visiting DC. Take a picnic lunch and sit out on the lawn for fabulous views and a nice atmosphere. It doesn't cost anything to talk around the grounds or go to the cemetery.
Written July 2, 2015
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Bob N
Woodbridge, VA32 contributions
Friends
Well it isn't really lodging as you can't stay there. They have historic tours to tell you all about the lodge and it's historic past and connection with George Washington and Admiral Perry's North pole adventure. You'll love it and you might even see a deer or two up close during your visit.
Written December 2, 2013
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,128 contributions
Solo
I had perfect timing as I got to the Lodge right at 12pm in time for the hourly tour. As with many of the other historic homes in Prince Williams County, this house museum is open Thursday through Monday 11am-4pm with tours on the hour. My guide was excellent and we were joined by Lance, a guide in training (use to work at Ben Lomand). The house is in excellent shape and after a brief outside look at the house and talking about the original building and the two additions, we headed inside. The house has been lovingly restored and has many antiques that belonged to the second to last owner. I loved the stories and the tales about the original owners as well as their connections to history and significant points in time. It was a great hour long tour for just $5.
Written July 2, 2018
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Thank you so very much for visiting Rippon Lodge Historic Site. I will pass on the compliments to our site interpreter who provided the tour. He will appreciate it. We hope you visit again in the future.
Written July 5, 2018
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Brion B
Woodbridge, VA95 contributions
Family
My son was so taken by this place, he is now a "Junior Preservationist" volunteer. It's not "George Washington slept here" kind of grand history, but a nice place to see some older Virginian architecture. It does have some ties to historical figures ( I won;t spoil it), but the main attraction(s) are the special events that are held throughout the year. These are often almost secret...seems no ones knows much about them. The upside is there aren't any crowds.
They have Easter Egg rolls, Halloween "haunted" tours, Santa and Elves come to visit. They have various WWII re-enactors come from far and beyond to display their uniforms and military vehicles (! YES, I said VEHICLES) from many of the Allies and Axis forces. They have summer concerts, with swing bands and dancing. Check their website for events.
Best of all, many of these events are cheap or FREE!
There is a small knot of great young volunteers that do odd tasks and give tours...a super "community project" for the kids.
Written March 5, 2018
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Thank you and we are glad to have your support!
Written July 5, 2018
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Shaymus
Buffalo NY104 contributions
Family
History lovers should check it out. See how the white people lives as compared to the slave quarters. Depressing but interesting.
Written August 10, 2016
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Karen L
Manassas, VA740 contributions
Solo
Rippon Lodge was a private home that has passed through many generations of just a few families, so it's in pretty good shape. They have photos that show how the house's exterior changed over the years, with the addition of new wings, porches, rooms and swapping doors and windows. I found the best part to be the colonial era when the home was built by a carpenter businessman in the early/mid 1700s. There's still a clear view down to the river, and you can imagine the activity in the area. The family cemetery is a quiet place in the woods, with very old tombstones, some so old that the writing has been erased by the elements over time. Allow 45 minutes for house tour plus some time to walk around the grounds.
Written September 16, 2014
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Rippon Lodge Historic Site is open:
  • Thu - Mon 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM