Goldvein in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Gold Mining Museum
Many of the Old Dominion’s gold mines had mess balls that provided good, filling meals. After dinner, you could have stayed in the mess hall for a bit and relaxed with your fellow miners.
Cooks in the mining camps would have made you food the wasn’t fancy, but was still filling and tasty. At breakfast you would have eaten your bacon and eggs with other miners. After your shift, the cook would have had a supper of meat and potatoes waiting for you.
After the ample evening meal, some your fellow miners would have stayed in mess hall to play games, talk, and joke around. Others might have played music and some might have enjoyed homemade whiskey or beer. Many men would have played “questionable” games like poker.
The mess hall was a place full of delicious smells and foods, and plenty of laughter and music.
Despite their raucous portrayal in the media, many miners also took part in less-“questionable” activities during their off hours. Chances are some miners would have attended religious revivals or camp meetings like this one held near gold mines in
Fairfax County Public Library Photographic Archive
Popular publication like Harper’s Weekly depicted the wild side of mining life for the curious public. Gambling and carousing were common in all mining camps, but the Virginia camps tended to be little tamer than their Wild West counterparts. Provided courtesy HarpWeek, LLC
Mining was a dangerous profession. Even the simplest act could have cost your life and limb. An obituary from the Fauquier County Democrat in 1917 tells of a miner beheaded while exiting a mine on a bucket like the one shown here.
Miners weren’t the only people you would have seen in a mess hall. Cooks had to make all the meals for the hungry workers.
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 26.825′ N, 77° 39.327′ W. Marker is in Goldvein, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of Gold Dust Parkway and Rock Run Road (County Route 615), on the left when traveling east on Gold Dust Parkway. Located at the Gold Mining Camp Museum at Monroe Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14421 Gold Dust Pkwy, Goldvein VA 22720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Assay Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Hornet Balls (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Gold Mining Camp Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Goldvein (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Lederer and Party (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gold Mining in Stafford County (approx. 5˝ miles away); A Road from Yesteryear (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goldvein.
Also see . . . Gold Mining Camp Museum - Fauquier County Recreation & Parks. The Official Gold Mining Interpretive Center for the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Submitted on April 28, 2022.)
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