Rippon Lodge, Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County (PWC), is perhaps the oldest standing structure in the county, its initial portion having been built about 1747. It stands upon a hilltop by the mouth of Neabsco Creek and the Potomac River. The 18th-century plantation had its own port from which tobacco was exported and it was located on the well-traveled King's Highway (now Route 1). The main house and 40 surrounding acres belong to the PWC government. The site is significant to Underground Railroad history, because it was a plantation using enslaved labor some of whom escaped while belonging to the Blackburn family (1733-1820) and the Atkinson families (1820-1920).
Historical documents verify that people enslaved at Rippon Lodge escaped during Thomas Blackburn's tenure. An 1804 newspaper notice for information regarding a freedom seeker named Rachel is signed "from the subscriber...T. Blackburn, Rippon Lodge near Dumfries."
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA, 22191
National Register/National Historic Landmark Status: Rippon Lodge
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Division Chief Hist Preservation Dv
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Thomas Blackburn (Owner)
Freedom Seekers: Rachel (VA, 1804)