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

Government Island

 
 
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By Kevin W., February 8, 2017
1. Government Island Marker
Inscription. Utilized by Native Americans for millennia, and purchased by the federal government in 1791, Government Island's unique stone was used in the original construction of both the U.S. Capital and the White House. Aquia sandstone from this quarry was favored for its bright color, fine-grained quality and for ease in intricate carving. George mason and George Washington were two of the quarry's most prominent clients. Government Island sandstone was also used for door and window trim, foundations, grave markers, churches, plantation homes, and other prominent buildings.

Government Island, now a Stafford County park, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

This scenic heritage park and trail was made possible through the cooperation and efforts of many individuals and organizations.
 
Erected 2010 by Stafford County, Virginia.
 
Location. 38° 26.817′ N, 77° 23.282′ W. Marker is in Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Coal Landing Road (County Route 631). Touch 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 within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Government Island
Government Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2017
2. Government Island Marker
(here, next to this marker); Site Selection / Architectural Features (approx. 0.4 miles away); Island Ownership (approx. 0.4 miles away); Native American Presence (approx. half a mile away); Quarrying the Stone (approx. half a mile away); Transporting the Stone (approx. half a mile away); Mary Kittamaquund (approx. 0.8 miles away); Peyton’s Ordinary (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stafford.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2017, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 861 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 8, 2017, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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