Stafford in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Quarrying the Stone
Many common laborers, or unskilled laborers, worked at the site. Slaves were hired out by their owners who collected the slaves' wages. Workers received housing and food, which included "...one pound good pork or one pound and a half of beef and one pound flour per day..." along with a half pint of whiskey (Commissioners Letter, April 10, 1792).
How the Stone was Quarried: First, all vegetation was removed
Erected 2010 by Tourism and Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities, Stafford County, Virginia.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 27.006′ N, 77° 22.815′ W. Marker is in Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker can be reached from Coal Landing Road. Marker is along a scenic trail, with parking available off Coal Landing Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford VA 22554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Transporting the Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Island Ownership (within shouting distance of this marker); Site Selection / Architectural Features Native American Presence (about 500 feet away); Government Island (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Government Island (approx. half a mile away); Mary Kittamaquund (approx. 1.2 miles away); Peyton’s Ordinary (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stafford.
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.
Regarding Quarrying the Stone. The marker features a large drawing of a quarrying operations at Aquia. There is another drawing, by Denis Diderot, in the center of the marker that shows a roughing-out tool, a wedge, a chisel, and a cradle hoist, which are samples of quarrying tools.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 543 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 16, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.