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. WashingtonWhen 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
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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