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“Relatively new historic site”
Review of Rippon Lodge

Rippon Lodge
Ranked #6 of 19 things to do in Woodbridge
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Owner description: 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). Mr. Blackburn, 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. Ellis, and his wife Dessie, purchased 500 acres and began extensive renovations to the home, turning it into the Colonial Revival residence visitors see today. Ellis, a prominent lawyer from Washington D.C., is regarded as being responsible for preserving much of the history of Rippon Lodge. Admiral Richard Blackburn Black, the last private owner of Rippon Lodge, purchased the home in 1952, and continued to preserve the home and history as Wade Ellis had. Admiral Black was a direct descendent of the original builder Richard Blackburn, and has been linked to many important historical events, including his exploration of Antarctica with Admiral Richard Byrd.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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“Relatively new historic site”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

My kids and I attend a church that has an annual service and picnic at this site. Unfortunately, this year we forgot about the 17 year cicadas that had recently hatched. Given that the earth at the site had not been developed within the past 17 years there were cicadas everywhere.

Visited May 2013
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“Nice Local Historic House Museum”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

For Rippon Lodge being nearly around-the-corner for me, I was thrilled when it finally opened up to the public. The house offers several neat little 'treats' that are not in your average house museum. The staff was friendly and knowledgable.

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“Surprise historical home right in Woodbridge !”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

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.

Visited May 2012
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