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

Potomac Path

 
 
Potomac Path Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 24, 2007
1. Potomac Path Marker
Inscription.  To the east is the only preserved segment of the Potomac Path, the earliest north-south route in northern Virginia. Following an ancient Indian trail, the road, later known as the King's Highway, assumed great importance for overland travel between the colonies and in the early days of the Republic. Washington and Rochambeau traveled this route to Yorktown in 1781 as did the French Army on its return the following year. Rippon Lodge, a portion of which was built by Col. Richard Blackburn stands nearby.
 
Erected 1979 by Prince William County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
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War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, the The Washington-Rochambeau Route, and the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1781.
 
Location. 38° 37.221′ N, 77° 17.038′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Dale Blvd and Rippon Blvd, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Freedom High School Sundial Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Old Potomac Path (approx. 0.3 miles away); Preserving History (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Potomac Path (approx. 0.4 miles away); Centuries of History (approx. half a mile away); Historic Landscape
Potomac Path Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
2. Potomac Path Marker
View is looking North.
(approx. half a mile away); Latrobe's View (approx. half a mile away); Neabsco Creek (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Regarding Potomac Path. The King’s Highway was part of the north-south, inter-colonial postal route through the colonies. It was also part of what is known as the “Washington and Rochambeau Road.” From Alexandria to Fredericksburg, the highway incorporated the Potomac Path.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This Marker is the trail head for the King's Highway virtual tour.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Preservation/Archeology in Prince William County: Rippon Lodge. (Submitted on August 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Rippon Lodge (An article originally published in 1932). (Submitted on August 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Prince William County Historic Preservation of Rippon Lodge. (Submitted on August 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Rippon Lodge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 24, 2007
3. Rippon Lodge
Rippon Lodge and its access road are undergoing upgrades and renovations.

4. A Collision Of Housing And History, Prince William Leaders Resist Builder's Plans. This article discusses the disagreement between Prince William County and a developer building land immediately adjacent to Rippon Lodge. It is included here because it also includes a map of the original Potomac Path through the county, and some additional history of Rippon Lodge. (Submitted on August 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Rippon Lodge Gift Shop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 24, 2007
4. Rippon Lodge Gift Shop
One of the outlying structures of Rippon Lodge serves as a gift shop (currently closed during renovations).
Entrance to Rippon Lodge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., September 12, 2007
5. Entrance to Rippon Lodge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,452 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 13, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   5. submitted on September 13, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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