Sunday, February 19, 2017

Virginia Gold

Since I live in Virginia, I'll start off blogging about places you can visit or go here, and eventually branch out to other states I've been, or plan on going to.

Gold-Pyrite Belt of Virginia

As you can see on the map, there is a gold and pyrite belt that travels from the north-east to the south-west of Virginia from the Maryland border, and runs through to North Carolina. The dots on the map are just some of the known old mines throughout the state.

For starters, in Southern Fauquier County, is the "GOLD MINING CAMP MUSEUM" at Monroe Park. A little known fact is long before the big "Gold Rush" out west, was the East Coast Gold rush. You can visit and get a tour and see what it was like to live and work in a gold mining camp. Around the town of Goldvein, Virginia there are also about 19 or so old abandoned Gold Mines and prospecting pits. Throughout most of Fauquier County streams, creeks, and rivers you can find gold. Of course, always be sure to ask the owners before crossing private property to get to a creek to do your prospecting.

The Contrary Creek Prospecting Lease is a recreational gold prospecting lease on the private land encompassing Contrary Creek close Mineral, VA. The rent started in 2008 and has given stewardship to various land proprietors while strengthening mindful gold prospecting exercises.

Virginia DEPARTMENT OF MINES MINERALS AND ENERGY also has an excellent set of online resources and maps.

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