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

Historic Landscape

Rippon Lodge

 
 
Historic Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 29, 2019
1. Historic Landscape Marker
Inscription.  The landscape you see before you has changed quite a lot since the house was built in the 18th century. Situated on Neabsco Creek and the Kings Highway (now Route 1), the site allowed Richard Blackburn easy access to move hisgoods to market.

Paintings by Benjamin Latrobe in 1796 illustrate the site as Richard and Thomas Blackburn knew it. Today visitors can enjoy the view of Neabsco Creek and the Potomac River beyond. The site includes the cemetery for the Blackburn and Atkinson families.

In the early 20th century Wade Ellis installed the ornamental gardens you see before you today, including our county champion American Elm tree and the dozens of boxwoods. Mrs. Dessie Ellis was a garden club member, and their home was featured many times during Virginia's Historic Garden Week. Rippon also was a working farm until the 1950s, when the property was purchased by its last private owner, Admired Richard Blackburn Black.
 
Erected by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music
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Colonial EraMan-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1796.
 
Location. 38° 36.928′ N, 77° 16.699′ 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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15520 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. Centuries of History (a few steps from this marker); Latrobe's View (within shouting distance of this marker); Neabsco Creek (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Burying Ground (about 600 feet away); Stones, but No Bones (about 700 feet away); Rippon Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Collo. Richard Blackburn (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Potomac Path (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Historic Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 29, 2019
2. Historic Landscape Marker
Nearby sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 29, 2019
3. Nearby sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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