Thursday, January 10, 2019
Government Island is a park in Stafford not far from my house. My friend and I walked there yesterday. It is very hilly, so you get a really great workout. We walked 5 miles!! WooHoo!!
The history of this park is very interesting. It used to be a public quarry. Here is an excerpt from Wiki: The Public Quarry at Government Island in Stafford County, Virginia is the principal source of Aquia Creek sandstone, a building stone used in many of the early government buildings in Washington, D.C., including the U.S. Capitol and the White House. A quarry was established just off the Potomac River at Wigginton's Island on Aquia Creek by George Brent after 1694, providing stone for tombstones and to houses and churches in northern Virginia, including Gunston Hall, Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, Mount Airy in Richmond County, Virginia, and Aquia Church, as well as steps and walkways at George Washington's Mount Vernon.
One of the signs in the park said that this location was chosen because they could transport the stone via water from Stafford to Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Another sign says that the stone was perfect for construction because it did not break when you carved it and has a beautiful white color.
Here is a photo of some of the stone that was left behind. You can see still see the tool marks.
It was great to catch up with my friend out in nature & we had a great leisurely lunch afterwards.