Rippon Lodge (Circa 1725) - Is It The Oldest Home In Northern Virginia ?

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Rippon Lodge, Woodbridge, Virginia by Art Kruschka

Rippon Lodge is thought to be the oldest colonial home in Prince William County and quite possibly in Northern Virginia.

It was built about 1725 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.

Its' ownership changed over the years, but was last owned by Admiral Richard Blackburn Black, another descendant of the Blackbiurn 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.

Although previously owned by famous military families the home is no longer available to be purchased by the public. However, Prince William County is home to many modern day miltary personnel, because of its' ease of transportation to

  • The Pentagon
  • Washington, DC
  • Fort Belvoir
  • MCB Quantico

The Kruschka Team has 33 years full time experience in the Northern Virginia area. If you are considering a move to Prince William County we invite you to try our


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Bill Lauler
Chase Realty LLC - McLean, VA
Associate Broker,CIPS,CRB,SRES,GRI

Your thoughts on the oldest home might have some competition : 1157 Swinks Mill Rd,Mclean,Va(circa 1617) and 21764 Cool Water Dr,Ruther Glenn,Va.(circa 1700).,but I am sure it is one of the oldest.What an out standing listing.

May 06, 2009 08:55 AM #1
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
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Bill  Unfortunately, it is not a listing - it is owned by Prince William County.  I was just doing a "community post"  Karen

May 06, 2009 09:16 AM #2
Art Kruschka
Administrative Manager - Manassas, VA
Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices

Karen I am aware your reports on Woodbridge are an integral part of your market strategy to be current on many facts throughout Prince William County. The obvious goal is to provide your clients with the very best possible representation and blog posting is an excellent method and may include posts about other interesting locations in our area

Oct 04, 2010 04:18 AM #3
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