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 from the top of the stone. Once the stone was exposed, a vertical stone face was picked away, creating a working area. Two vertical channels or side trenches were made 20-feet apart. These trenches
Erected 2010 by Tourism and Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities, Stafford County, Virginia.
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. Touch for map. Marker is along a scenic trail, with parking available off Coal Landing Road. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford VA 22554, United States of America.
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 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Native American Presence (about 500 feet away); Government Island 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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 487 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 16, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.