Rippon Lodge Living And Evolving Since 1747

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Rippon Lodge Woodbridge VA



Rippon Lodge is thought to be the oldest colonial home in Prince William County. It certainly is among the oldest in Northern Virginia.

It was built about 1747 by Richard Black-burn of Ripon, an old cathedral town in England. Colonel Thomas Blackburn, his son, was a contemporary and fought with George Washington. In that period the families of Mount Vernon and Rippon were on very intimate terms. George Washington even made reference in his diary to overnight stays at Rippon Lodge with Mrs. Washington

When Rippon Lodge was purchased by Wade Hampton Ellis in 1924 it looked like the photo below which is hanging in the lodge and is the original configuration. He added the two wings, dormers and front porch. He also eliminated one front door and modified the front windows

Original Rippon Lodge configuration

It was last owned by Admiral Richard Blackburn Black, another descendant of the Blackburn family, who was noted for his exploration of the North Pole with Admiral Byrd. The lodge was passed to Admiral Black's daughter in 1989. She later sold the property to Prince William County in 2000.



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Bill Gassett
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I am almost positive I have seen this classic cape before:) I love the look of this one!

Jan 16, 2012 07:44 AM #1
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Good morning Karen,

Another wonderful piece of history, and I love that this home was saved and updated to its current glory.

Jan 16, 2012 07:54 AM #2
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Bill  I would think so since they were "invented" in Massachusetts

Jan 16, 2012 07:58 AM #3
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Lisa  They will be adding a new building this year with public bathrooms and a caterer's kitchen that will make it more attractive as a rental for private functions

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Karen Rippon Lodge look so inviting and I like the way you took the time to share the history as well as a video about this history site.

Jan 16, 2012 08:23 AM #5
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Rippon Lodge is lovely, Karen, along with the history you gave us. I enjoyed the video-all those pretty flowers.

Jan 16, 2012 08:32 AM #6
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Jennifer  I am pleased that you enjoyed it

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Toni  A friend of ours is a master gardener and volunteer.  It is lovely in the Spring

Jan 16, 2012 09:47 AM #8
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Karen, That is quite an update. The building looks outstanding and the garden has great looking plants too. Thanks for sharing.

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Hi Karen, Somehow we missed out of visiting Rippon Lodge when we lived in Woodbridge.  If we ever go back for a visit, this will be a must-see.

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Wayne  You are welcome - I've got many more ready to go

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Shirley You will not be disappointed

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Hi Karen, Nice to see the photo from years ago compared to a photo from today.  Nice post honoring a landmark in your area.  Nice video also.

Gloria

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Gloria  It is an interesting transformation

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