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Stones, but No Bones

Rippon Lodge

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 29, 2019
1. Stones, but No Bones Marker
Inscription.  Numerous graves are located within the Rippon lodge cemetery. The slate tablets, carved stones and slabs are neatly arranged. But some of these markers are placed on mounds that may not be graves or stand where burials do not exist.

Martin Scarlit, Gent

Two large stones are displayed on the left side of the path. One once marked the grave of Martin Scarlit, who died in 1695. The carving on the second stone is long eroded. In the early 1900s, these stones were pulled from the Occoquan River and placed in a grove of trees at the wildlife refuge at Occoquan Bay. Both stones were moved to Rippon Lodge in 2005.

Mismarked Graves

When Judge Wade Ellis owned Rippon Lodge, he preserved the cemetery. He stood blank slate markers where ground contours resembled graves. While burials likely exist in these areas, their presence has not been verified.

Unmarked Graves

Other Blackburns and Atkinsons are probably buried here, but the locations of their graves are not known. While enslaved people may be buried here, their graves are more likely in separate and
Stones, but No Bones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 29, 2019
2. Stones, but No Bones Marker
unidentified cemetery.

Rose Peters, Stranger

In memory of Rose Peters
Who departed This Life the 10th
of September 16 (49/79)

She is gone, O she is gone,
to everlasting rest,
To Christ our Blessed Savior
who loved sinners best.

Aside from what is carved on her gravestones, nothing is known about Rose Peters. She died in 1649 or 1679 and was buried near Neabsco Creek. Her stones were moved to Rippon Lodge in 1963 with dirt from her grave.

[Captions:]
Blank slate tablets may mark historic grave locations.

Left: Martin Scarlit's stone was far more legible when this photograph was taken in the 1930s.

Rose Peters' elegant foot stone is in the Rippon Lodge cemetery; her remains are not.

 
Erected by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 38° 36.819′ N, 77° 16.685′ 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. The Burying Ground
Grave site of Col. Thomas Blackburn image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 29, 2019
3. Grave site of Col. Thomas Blackburn
DAR plaques are placed nearby.
(a few steps from this marker); Collo. Richard Blackburn (within shouting distance of this marker); Neabsco Creek (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Latrobe's View (about 500 feet away); Historic Landscape (about 700 feet away); Centuries of History (about 700 feet away); Rippon Lodge (approx. mile away); The Potomac Path (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on March 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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