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“Better Known as the Pringle House Hospital During the Battles of Manassas - Worth a Visit IF in the Area”

Ben Lomond Historic Site
Ranked #5 of 36 things to do in Manassas
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ben Lomond and its outbuildings were constructed for Benjamin Tasker Chinn in 1832. Confederate forces used Ben Lomond as a hospital following the 1861 Battle of First Manassas. Signatures of Federal soldiers who occupied the property in 1862 are still visible inside the house. Tour the Civil War hospital, where you can see, smell, touch, hear, and taste history. Then see the restored slave quarter, smokehouse and dairy and enjoy the fragrant Rose Garden. The site is open for tours May-October. Grounds are open year round from dawn-dusk. Tours November-April are available with advanced notice.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Cleveland, Ohio
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“Better Known as the Pringle House Hospital During the Battles of Manassas - Worth a Visit IF in the Area”
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
5 Thank CynthiafromOhio2011
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