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.
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