Near Sudley in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Ben Lomond Manor House
Civil War Graffiti
The Ben Lomond Manor House was built in 1837 by Benjamin Tasker Chinn and served as the principal structure on 1,739 acres of land. Prosperous farmers before the war, the Chinns watched their fortunes decrease due to the proximity of the estate to the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas. As the Civil War battles drew nearer to the home, the Chinns fled and left it vacant for several years. Markings on the walls of the Manor House indicate that the vacated building was occupied by Union soldiers for a period of time in the spring of 1862. Some of the evidence suggests it was used as a hospital or at least served as an overnight refuge for soldiers traveling north to Washington, D.C.
Many of the soldiers' names and other markings found on the interior walls at Ben Lomond are barely legible. Historians have attempted to match the scrawled names with soldiers known to be in the area in 1862.
The Chinns never recovered from the war. On April 21, 1870, they traded the estate to William H. Campbell for land of equal value ($20,000) in Washington, D.C. It is believed that Campbell, a Scotsman, named the estate Ben Lomond.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1921.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 47.342′ N, 77° 30.37′ W. Marker is near Sudley, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is at the intersection of Sudley Manor Drive and Copeland Drive, on the right when traveling east on Sudley Manor Drive. Located in front of the Manor House, along the entrance road to the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Kitchen Yard (a few steps from this marker); Jackson’s Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Quarter (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben Lomond (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben Lomond Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); A Historic Place / Ben Lomond Old Rose Garden (about 300 Headwaters to Baywaters (approx. 0.9 miles away); Civil War Winter Quarters (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sudley.
More about this marker. On the left side, “A map of the area made for an estate auction of the Ben Lomond property in 1928 provides a feeling for the Chinn’s position during the Civil War, trapped between the railroad junction at Manassas and Warrenton Turnpike, now Lee Highway (Rt. 29).”
On the right a picture of some of the graffiti is captioned, “See ‘Wallace Cranston’ written at the bottom of this photograph of a manor house wall. Historians believe it may be the signature of Wallace Cranston of the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.” A small inset is an architectural drawing of the manor from around the mid-1800s.
Also see . . .
1. Ben Lomond Manor House. (Submitted on September 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Historic Ben Lomond Manor House. by Martha Hendley - published in the August, 1993 newsletter of Historic Prince William (Submitted on September 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,929 times since then and 153 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on August 26, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.