Ben Lomond Historic Site

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10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA, USA

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Andy99 Andy99
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Ben Lomond and the Civil War Aug 18, 2012
Ben Lomond is one of the few plantation homes in the Manassas vicinity to have survived to the present day. It was built in 1837, somewhat on the newer side for a Virginia historic house. But, it has seen its share of history and Prince William County has done an excellent job in interpreting it.

The Federal style house is built of local red sandstone. (The exterior was once plastered over, but the stone is exposed today.) The plantation was part of the Carter family holdings from 1732. It was an absentee estate until Benjamin Tasker Chinn, a Carter descendant, inherited it and built the house and outbuildings beginning in 1830. His wife gave the plantation the name Ben Lomond. The Chinns raised sheep on their holdings rather than faming the land.

The Chinns later moved to a new house on what is now Manassas National Battlefield (only the foundation remains). Ben Lomond was leased to the Pringle family from Scotland. In July 1861, Ben Lomond was very near the Manassas battlefield and was used as a field hospital by Confederate troops. When Union troops occupied the house in 1862, they destroyed all of the Pringle's furniture and left extensive graffiti on the walls.

Today, Prince William County has restored the house and outbuildings. Admission and tour of the house and grounds is $5. Because none of the original furnishings remain, the house is interpreted as the 1861 field hospital. The dinning room, parlor, and bedrooms are set up as an operating room and recovery rooms. Up to 20 soldiers would have been on the floor in each ground floor room. Work is being done (as at the Winchester Court House) to uncover and interpret the Union graffiti markings. An architectural highlight of the interior is the elliptical arch leading off the central hall to the main stairway.

Our docent, a historic preservation student, was very knowledgeable about the property and its history. We also saw the slave quarters outbuilding, unusual in that it was also built of stone like the house rather than wood. Ten slaves would have lived in the dwelling. Also on view is the foundation of the kitchen outbuilding and the dairy and smokehouse.

The house museum has been open since 2011 and is not well known. Stop by here when you are visiting Manassas National Battlefield!
Ben Lomond (1837)
Ben Lomond. Front elevation.
Arch and main stairway
Parlor as a field hospital
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Zagnut66 says:
Andy, I stopped by this place one day last year when I was in the Manassas area. It was closed up, so I assumed it was only open for special occasions. I will put it back on my list of historic places to visit. Great review!
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012
Andy99 says:
The original name of the property was Cancer Farm, which Elizabeth Chinn wanted to rename. Ben Lomond was taken from the Central Virginia plantation of one of her Randolph family ancestors. The Randolphs originated in Warwickshire, but there must be a Scottish connection along the way.
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012
Dr_Seuss says:
Nothing more on Benjamin Tasker Chinn's wife, as to her heritage in choosing the name ? Only interested as the 'real' Ben Lomond is just up the road from me.
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012
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