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Goldvein in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Monroe Park

 
 
Monroe Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
1. Monroe Park Marker
Inscription.  
In honor of
H.P. ‘Pat’ & Thelma Monroe
The original dreamers who generously donated the land for Monroe Park

S.W. Rodgers Co., Inc.
The community minded people who moved the earth to form Monroe Park

Ruppert Landscape Co.
The visionary landscape experts who enhanced the beauty of Monroe Park

Dedicated October 31, 1998
 
Erected 1998.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is October 31, 1735.
 
Location. 38° 26.795′ N, 77° 39.342′ W. Marker is in Goldvein, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is on Gold Dust Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Welcome to the Gold Mining Camp Museum (a few steps from this marker); Mess Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Assay Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hornet Balls (about 300 feet away); Goldvein
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); John Lederer and Party (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gold Mining in Stafford County (approx. 5.4 miles away); A Road from Yesteryear (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goldvein.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located near three flagpoles, and there is a gold mining camp museum on the site. The Monroe Park Goldmining Museum is the only museum in Virginia solely dedicated to the history of gold and gold mining.
 
Regarding Monroe Park. Monroe Park, a 14-acre community park, is open from dawn to dusk. A baseball/softball field, football/soccer field, volleyball court, 3 horseshoe pits, and a playground are available 365 days a year. For large groups, Prospector Pavilion is available.

The Gold Mining Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Gold panning demonstrations are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
 
Also see . . .  Monroe Park Website. Home of the Official Gold Mining Interpretive Center for the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Submitted on September 3, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Monroe Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
2. Monroe Park Marker
The gold mining camp museum can be seen in the background. The buildings in the background are, from left to right, the Bunk House, the Mess Hall, and the Assayers Office.
Sign at entrance to Monroe Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
3. Sign at entrance to Monroe Park
Hornet Balls. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
4. Hornet Balls.
These seven ton crushing balls were used to crush large rocks to eventually retrieve the gold. Although still a mystery, these balls were thought to run off a steam engine and roll around in a small trough while water and agitation was used to break up the rocks.
This sign is at the park exit. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
5. This sign is at the park exit.
It was the dream of Mr. & Mrs. Monroe that the life of each person who uses this park be blessed by it.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,420 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 2, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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