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

Neabsco Creek

Rippon Lodge

 
 
Neabsco Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 22, 2008
1. Neabsco Creek Marker
Inscription.  Latrobe’s Visit

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764 – 1820) was Thomas Blackburn’s friend. Latrobe visited Rippon Lodge in July, 1796. He described his stay in his journals and drew the property.

On July 11, Latrobe stood on the porch of Rippon Lodge and painted this view of Neabsco Creek. While his work shows period landscape details, the scene has changed little.

This View shows the Coast of Maryland on the NE side of the Potowmack. Occoquan bay lies between the two Points above A and B and extends beyond A as far as the Occoquan at Colchester. Neabsco creek enters the Potowmack at the Bottom of the bay winding its way through a great extent of Marshy ground to Mr. Tayloe’s iron works. The point over B is called freestone point. The Ground on the Virginia side of the Potowmack is broken into bold abrupt hills. Rippon lodge is built upon a very magnificent natural level terrace, extending in the
Closeup of left picture on Rippon Lodge ~ Neabsco Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 22, 2008
2. Closeup of left picture on Rippon Lodge ~ Neabsco Creek Marker
Benjamin H. Latrobe, View from the porch of Rippon Lodge, 11 July, 1796. Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society
direction of the large trees in the foreground about ¼ of a mile. The Potowmack flows from the left to the right, and is in this spot about 2 ½ miles over. Alexandria lies about 22 Miles higher up.

Benjamin Latrobe wrote these notes about his sketch, View from the porch of Rippon Lodge, 11 July, 1796.

River Plantations

Rippon Lodge was one of several plantations located near the Potomac River. Historically, people relied heavily on local waterways for transportation and trade. Families living on the Virginia and Maryland sides of the Potomac often interacted.
 
Erected 2007 by Prince William County.
 
Location. 38° 36.862′ N, 77° 16.674′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Admiral Black Drive west of Blackburn Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located at Rippon Lodge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15500 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Latrobe's View (within shouting distance
Map in Lower Right of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 22, 2008
3. Map in Lower Right of Marker
Rippon Lodge (red) and many other plantations lined the Potomac River during the 18th century.
Map adapted from Gunston Hall: Return to Splendor (1991). Courtesy of Gunston Hall Plantation, Mason Neck, Virginia
of this marker); Stones, but No Bones (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Landscape (about 400 feet away); Centuries of History (about 400 feet away); Collo. Richard Blackburn (about 500 feet away); Rippon Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Potomac Path (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
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Neabsco Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 22, 2008
4. Neabsco Creek Marker
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,275 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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