“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine

Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Marker (refurbished) Photo, Click for full size
By Frank Harder Sr., circa April 2016
1. Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Marker (refurbished)
Inscription. Located in Prince William Forest Park, the Pyrite Mine trail leads you to a peaceful, open expanse above the banks of the Quantico Creek. From 1889 to 1920 the area was busy with the sights, sounds and smells of mining. The Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine employed residents of the villages of Batestown and Hickory Ridge, and the “fool’s gold” that miners brought to the surface was processed into sulfuric acid and used in making soap, fertilizer and gunpowder. During the years it operated, the Cabin Branch mine supplied more than 200,000 long tons (a long ton is 2,400 pounds) of pyrite for industry in the United States. After its closure in 1920, the Cabin Branch mine lay dormant. In 1995, the National Park Service and the state of Virginia reclaimed the mine.
Erected by Fortuna Center Plaza Merchants.
Location. 38° 35.749′ N, 77° 20.011′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Fortuna Center Plaza near Dumfries Road (Virginia Route 234), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4424 Fortuna Center Plaza, Dumfries VA 22025, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., January 16, 2008
2. Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Marker
flies. Potomac Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Weems Botts Museum (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Williams Ordinary (about 500 feet away); Rippon Lodge (about 700 feet away); Troop Movements and Camp (approx. half a mile away); “Camp Fisher” Civil War Campsite (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alexander Henderson (approx. 1.1 miles away); Little Union Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away).
Also see . . .  National Park Service article about the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine. (Submitted on February 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., January 16, 2008
3. Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,330 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Frank Harder Sr. of Dumfries, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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