Rippon Lodge ~ Latrobe's View

Rippon Lodge ~ Latrobe's View (HM38Q)

Location: Woodbridge, VA 22191 Prince William County
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N 38° 36.892', W 77° 16.697'

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Benjamin Latrobe

Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820) moved to Virginia from England in 1796. He is best known for his work on the United States Capitol. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson summoned him to Washington to complete the building, a project which preoccupied Latrobe for the rest of his life.

Rippon Lodge

On July 13, 1796, Latrobe sketched several buildings at Rippon Lodge while he was Thomas Blackburn's guest. Latrobe seems to have had a friendly relationship with Blackburn, since letters he wrote to Blackburn described people who they both knew.

During his visit, Latrobe described and drew wasps that lived in the walls at Rippon Lodge. His notes about the wasps were detailed, but he did not write about the people living at Rippon Lodge.

?The house on the left hand must have been built near 100 Years ago, as the oldest people now living do not remember to have heard when and by whom it was built. The family makes use of both houses, neither of them being sufficiently commodious of itself. It seems to have been the intention of Coln. Blackburn to have united them by a large Room between the two?
Benjamin Latrobe's comments about his Sketch of Rippon Lodge, the House of Colonel Thomas Blackburn, July 13, 1796.
HM NumberHM38Q
Year Placed2007
Placed ByPrince William County
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 301642 N 4276501
Decimal Degrees38.61486667, -77.27828333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 36.892', W 77° 16.697'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 36' 53.52" N, 77° 16' 41.82" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15500 Blackburn Rd, Woodbridge VA 22191, US
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