Ben Lomond Community Center To Be Renamed

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An old photo of the barn that now houses the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond

An old photo of the barn that now houses the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved the recommendation of the Prince William County Parks Commission, to rename the Ben Lomond Community Center to honor the late Mrs. Pat White, a longtime resident and leader of the “Save The Barn” campaign.  The facility will be renamed “Pat White Center at Ben Lomond.”

In 1970 a community initiative was launched to save the original barn, at what would become the Ben Lomond Community Center, and use it for a community gathering place. The “Save the Barn” campaign was led by Mrs. Pat White, President of the Westgate Women’s Club, and then-Prince William County Supervisor Charles Colgan (Gainesville District). A county bond referendum to fund restoration of the original barn was passed by the citizens of Loch Lomond, Rockledge and Stonewall communities. The “Save the Barn” campaign was cited as the reason for the overwhelming success of the referendum.

The community center site was once a part of the Ben Lomond Historic Site .  Ben Lomond is an antebellum farm that served as a hospital during the Civil War. The farm housed a dairy operation with a very large barn.

In 1966 the property was purchased by Weaver Brothers, a development company, which planned to demolish the defunct dairy barn to construct additional residential housing.

Ultimately, renovations of the existing barn proved to be cost prohibitive. A new building, designed to resemble the old barn, was constructed. In 1983, the community center was purchased from the developers, by the former Park Authority, to expand recreational programming for the citizens of Gainesville and the surrounding area.

Mrs. White was the wife of former Prince William County Supervisor Don White (Gainesville District).

 

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