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Near Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Old Potomac Path

 
 
The Old Potomac Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
1. The Old Potomac Path Marker
Inscription.
The Old Potomac Path
Originally an Indian Trail and traversed by early settlers, it later became the first coach and post road between Northern and Southern Colonies, and was called
The King’s Highway
General Washington often stopped here to visit Col. Blackburn. Over this way also passed the Colonial and French Officers and troops at the time of the Battle of Yorktown.
This old road extends for about three miles through Rippon Lodge, where it has been preserved by Wade H. Ellis, present owner of the property.
Marked and Dedicated May 13, 1933, by The Susan Riviere Hetzel Chapter, D.C., D.A.R.

Marker relocated and rededicated April 25, 1982, Bill of Rights Chapter, VA, NSDAR.
 
Erected 1933 by Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
 
Location. 38° 37.172′ N, 77° 16.671′ W. Marker is near Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is at the intersection of Forest Grove Drive and Rippon Boulevard (County Route 784), on the right when traveling north on Forest Grove Drive. Click for map.
The Old Potomac Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., March 4, 2008
2. The Old Potomac Path Marker
Photograph is taken looking east from across Forest Grove Drive, following the marker's relocation from the SE corner to the NE corner of the Rippon Boulevard intersection.
Marker is at or near this postal address: 15371 Forest Grove Dr, Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The King's Highway ~ Preserving History (here, next to this marker); The King's Highway ~ The Potomac Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Rippon Lodge ~ Latrobe's View (approx. 0.3 miles away); Potomac Path (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rippon Lodge ~ Neabsco Creek (approx. 0.4 miles away); Freedom High School Sundial Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Events Along Neabsco Creek (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Leesylvania (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
More about this marker. This is the third location for this marker. The previous location was 38° 37′ 8.21″ N, 77° 16′ 40.32″ W, directly across Rippon Boulevard from its current location.
 
Also see . . .  Virtual Tour of The King's Highway. (Submitted on January 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansNotable EventsNotable PersonsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Old Potomac Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
3. The Old Potomac Path Marker
Photograph is taken looking East down Rippon Blvd, prior to the marker's relocation nearby. Rippon Lodge is southeast of this location (out of view).
Picture of this marker's dedication in 1933. image. Click for more information.
By Kevin W., March 4, 2008
4. Picture of this marker's dedication in 1933.
Judge Wade Hampton Ellis (left), his wife and several members of the Susan Revere Hetzel Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution posed in front of their King’s Highway plaque in May, 1933.
Picture is from a nearby marker, recently installed by Prince William County.
Click for more information.
The Old Potomac Path - Outside the Gate. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
5. The Old Potomac Path - Outside the Gate.
The Old Potomac Path - Inside the Gate. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
6. The Old Potomac Path - Inside the Gate.
This path leads to Rippon Lodge.
The Old Potomac Path </b>resumes just past the logs seen here. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W.
7. The Old Potomac Path resumes just past the logs seen here.
This is the other end of the stretch of Potomac Path from that shown in the previous pictures.
 
 
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