Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Rippon Lodge ~ Latrobe's View
Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820) moved to Virginia from England in 1796. He is best known for his work on the United States Capitol. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson summoned him to Washington to complete the building, a project which preoccupied Latrobe for the rest of his life.
On July 13, 1796, Latrobe sketched several buildings at Rippon Lodge while he was Thomas Blackburn’s guest. Latrobe seems to have had a friendly relationship with Blackburn, since letters he wrote to Blackburn described people who they both knew.
During his visit, Latrobe described and drew wasps that lived in the walls at Rippon Lodge. His notes about the wasps were detailed, but he did not write about the people living at Rippon Lodge.
…The house on the left hand must have been built near 100 Years ago, as the oldest people now living do not remember to have heard when and by whom it was built. The family makes use of both houses, neither of them being sufficiently commodious of itself. It seems to have been the intention of Coln. Blackburn to have united them by a large Room between the two…
Benjamin Latrobe’s comments about his Sketch of Rippon Lodge, the House of Colonel Thomas Blackburn, July 13, 1796.
Location. 38° 36.892′ N, 77° 16.697′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Touch for map. The marker along the old Potomac Path, and between Rippon Lodge and the new visitor parking. 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 ~ Neabsco Creek (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. 0.3 miles away); The Old Potomac Path (approx. 0.3 miles away); Potomac Path (approx. half a mile away); Leesylvania (approx. 0.7 miles away); Freedom High School Sundial Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Neabsco Iron Works (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
More about this marker. In the lower center of the marker is a drawing of a Mud Wasp sketched in July 1796 by Benjamin Latrobe. It is entitled, Masons or Dirtdaubers and provided for the marker courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society
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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 1,606 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.