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Near Stafford in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Robertson Quarry

 
 
The Robertson Quarry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2010
1. The Robertson Quarry Marker
Inscription. In the 1800s, the Robertson Quarry was one of many quarries in Stafford County which provided stone for government buildings, private homes, and public buildings, not only in Washington, D.C., but across the nation. The Robertson Quarry, along with the quarries on Government Island, contributed the stone for the United States Capitol. In 1818, the area was known as the Towson Quarry.

Both slave and white laborers worked in the Quarry. They loaded the heavy Aquia sandstone into ox carts and hauled it to Coal Landing near Aquia Creek, where it was loaded onto ships and transported to Washington, D.C., and various construction sites.

The original oxen ruts can still be located 200 feet from the right of this historical marker, in the gully of Austin Run, before Gallery Place.
 
Erected 2009 by Geo. H. Rucker Realty Corporation in support of a local Boy Scout Eagle Project.
 
Location. 38° 26.571′ N, 77° 25.257′ W. Marker is near Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is at the intersection of Austin Ridge Road and Tavern Road, on the right when traveling north on Austin Ridge Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford VA 22554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
The Robertson Quarry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 19, 2009
2. The Robertson Quarry Marker
Sketch of The Robertson Quarry.
within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Robertson-Towson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Austin Run Pyrite Mine (approx. one mile away); Peyton’s Ordinary (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mary Kittamaquund (approx. 1.1 miles away); In Memory of September 11, 2001 (approx. 1.5 miles away); Lincoln Visit (approx. 1.5 miles away); English Knot Garden (approx. 1.5 miles away); Charles Adams Bryan (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stafford.
 
More about this marker. On the upper right is a “Sketch of The Robertson Quarry.”

On the lower right is a photo with the caption, “Narrow oxen ruts remain in the gully of Austin Run.”
 
Also see . . .  Stafford Scout soars to Eagle. fredericksburg.com (Submitted on September 7, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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The Robertson Quarry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 19, 2009
3. The Robertson Quarry Marker
Narrow oxen ruts remain in the gully of Austin Run.
The Robertson Quarry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2010
4. The Robertson Quarry Marker
The Robertson Quarry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 19, 2009
5. The Robertson Quarry Marker
What markers look like before they are installed.
Tool marks on stone image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 19, 2011
6. Tool marks on stone
The large stone behind the marker has tool marks from the quarry operation.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 721 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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