Originally part of an extensive Northern Virginia land grant, the site of Ben Lomond was one of numerous plantations that Robert “Councillor” Carter III owned in Colonial Virginia. After Carter died, his large land-holdings were divided amongst his heirs. His grandson, Benjamin Tasker Chinn, inherited the site of Ben Lomond in 1830 and within two years had built the two story main house along with the dairy, smokehouse, and slave quarter. Chinn leased the property to the Pringle family prior to the Civil War. Both the Chinns and Pringles used their enslaved workforce to farm corn and wheat, as well as care for the nearly 500 Merino sheep that were part of the property.
Immediately after the Battle of 1st Manassas the house was converted into a Confederate field hospital. For nearly a month wounded soldiers were crammed into the house with many more covering the grounds. Confederate troops encamped near the house in the winter, requiring the house to be re-established as a hospital treating diseased men. After the Confederates evacuated the area in 1862, Federal soldiers ransacked the house, destroying furniture and littering the interior with graffiti. After the Civil War, both the Chinns and Pringles struggled to rebuild. Eventually, the Chinns sold the property. A succession of various owners called Ben Lomond home, including Presley Marion Rixey, chief doctor to President Theodore Roosevelt. In time for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, today Ben Lomond was brought back to its Civil War appearance. When visiting Ben Lomond, visitors can experience the Civil War Hospital through a variety of senses for the sounds, smells and sights of the hospital as it may have been during that time period.
Ben Lomond offers a variety of special events, programs, and tours throughout the year. For more information, click the link below!
Ben Lomond Historic Site is located at 10321 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, VA 20109. Contact us at 703-367-7872.