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Rippon Lodge

15520 Blackburn Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22191-4101
+1 703-499-9812
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Out-of-the-way Historic Home

I live just up the road from this place, and it took me 8 years to get there. Shoulda gone... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Woodbridge, Virginia
Christmas tour

Very nicely done. I learned a lot about history of celebrating xmas, and period decor in the house... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
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Visit one of the oldest homes in Prince William County. Built circa 1747 by Richard Blackburn, the historic house is situated between Neabsco Creek, the Potomac River, and the historic King's Highway (present day Route 1). Mr. Blackburn, and his son Thomas, had extensive land holdings in the county where they grew tobacco, wheat, and other commodities. By 1842, the Atkinson Family called Rippon Lodge home for about 90 years before the property was sold to Wade Ellis in 1924. Ellis, and his wife Dessie, purchased 500 acres and began extensive renovations to the home, turning it into the Colonial Revival residence visitors see today. Ellis, a prominent lawyer from Washington D.C., is regarded as being responsible for preserving much of the history of Rippon Lodge. Admiral Richard Blackburn Black, the last private owner of Rippon Lodge, purchased the home in 1952, and continued to preserve the home and history as Wade Ellis had. Admiral Black was a direct descendent of the original builder Richard Blackburn, and has been linked to many important historical events, including his exploration of Antarctica with Admiral Richard Byrd.
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10 Apr 2017
“Out-of-the-way Historic Home”
17 Oct 2016
“Interesting residence”
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15520 Blackburn Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22191-4101
+1 703-499-9812
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I live just up the road from this place, and it took me 8 years to get there. Shoulda gone sooner... Interesting historic home that has undergone several renovations through the years. Volunteers often perform fun activities around certain holidays, so worth checking their website...More

Thank LarryAkey
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Very nicely done. I learned a lot about history of celebrating xmas, and period decor in the house. they have lots of events year round.

Thank AmyChaff
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This beautiful home is well preserved and shows the historic settings many wealthier citizens enjoyed.

Thank Karen A
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Rippon Lodge Historic Site is a wonderful, quite historic home and surrounding park. The park has a few walking trails and a garden during the summer.

Thank wmay13241
Reviewed 10 August 2016

History lovers should check it out. See how the white people lives as compared to the slave quarters. Depressing but interesting.

1  Thank Shaymus
Reviewed 2 July 2015

A beautiful example of architecture that spans the years. This house shows how houses evolve over time and isn't dedicated to just one period. that makes it more than a historic place but a house throughout history. The pine paneling in the formal parlor is...More

1  Thank Gr8TavelM8
Reviewed 16 September 2014

Rippon Lodge was a private home that has passed through many generations of just a few families, so it's in pretty good shape. They have photos that show how the house's exterior changed over the years, with the addition of new wings, porches, rooms and...More

1  Thank Karen L
Reviewed 7 September 2014

Today was the first time I have been to Rippon Lodge. Having lived in Woodbridge for 15 years I am sorry I have never visited this home. Today was day two of WWII days. Re enactors were staged outside the home and were very informative....More

1  Thank VirginiaPatriot
Reviewed 2 December 2013

Well it isn't really lodging as you can't stay there. They have historic tours to tell you all about the lodge and it's historic past and connection with George Washington and Admiral Perry's North pole adventure. You'll love it and you might even see a...More

2  Thank bobbnick
Reviewed 10 October 2013

My husband and I followed the signs off I-95 for this historic site on a recent Saturday afternoon and were not disappointed. Althought we've both lived in Northern Virginia for most of our lives, we weren't familiar with Rippon Lodge, which was in private hands...More

Thank Carol757
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