Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Rippon Lodge ~ Neabsco Creek
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 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
Benjamin Latrobe wrote these notes about his sketch, View from the porch of Rippon Lodge, 11 July, 1796.
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. Touch for map. The marker is located at Rippon Lodge. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rippon Lodge ~ Latrobe's View (within shouting distance of this marker); The King's Highway ~ The Potomac Path (approx. 0.3 miles away); The King's Highway ~ Preserving History (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Old Potomac Path (approx. 0.4 miles away); Potomac Path Leesylvania (approx. 0.6 miles away); Freedom High School Sundial Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Neabsco Iron Works (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,254 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.