It is fitting on Independence Day to see Rippon Lodge in Prince William County with American Flags flying. Lt. Col. Thomas Blackburn son of the original the builder of the home was a field officer in the 2nd Regiment in Virginia Militia during the American Revolution. Rippon Lodge is probably one of the least known and oldest colonial houses still standing in Northern Virginia.
Built in 1747 Rippon Lodge is modest compared to George Washington's home Mount Vernon only a few miles away yet the connection between the two properties runs deep. Richard Blackburn the original owner of Rippon Lodge was the architect that designed the orginal home at Mount Vernon. To add to the connection between the families, one of Lt. Col. Thomas Blackburn's daughters married Bushrod Washington (nephew of George Washington) and a granddaughter married John Augustine Washington, George's brother. Both women are buried at Mount Vernon.
Rippon Lodge is located just a mile off of Route 1 at the intersection of Rippon Blvd & Blackburn Road in Woodbridge VA. You can visit during the summer from 11-4. You can walk the grounds, visit the "Little Cabin" and tour the interior of the home.
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