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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Get quarried away

The walk to Government Island 500

{Sammy and I took a little trip back in time to the eighteenth century on Sunday; we headed off to the newly-opened Government Island, which was the location of the historic Aquia sandstone quarry.  The site's close proximity and the sandstone's easy carving ability led to the rock being chosen as the primary building material for many architecturally significant structures throughout northern Virginia as well as the nation's capital.  The quarry is now a park preserve and features a 1 1/2 mile hiking trail that circles the island, which is accessible by a long and winding boardwalk that crosses the tidal creeks.}

Aquatic location

Remnants of the sandstone quarries at Government Island 500

{The rock faces in the quarry still bear the scars left by the laborers who worked there centuries ago.}

Stone mason Robert Steuart's boundary marker on Government Island

{This large stone, which bears the initials, "R. S.," served as one of stone mason Robert Steuart's boundary markers.  Steuart, who was originally from Baltimore, purchased a one-acre parcel on the island in 1786.}

Tree texture

{The scenery on the island was lush and gorgeous; every now and then a squirrel would dart across the trail while dragonflies flitted lazily about. The trees towered above us, providing us with some shady respite from the 92-degree heat. It truly was a beautiful place--if you ever happen to find yourself in Stafford County and have some time to kill, be sure to stop and check it out.}

6 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

It looks so quiet and peaceful - too bad trees can't talk.

deb duty said...

Looks like such a fun place to visit. Great photos!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous photos. Looks fun.

Chandra said...

serenity!

Kim said...

That island looks so neat. It does look peaceful. I hope you had a great time.

Anika said...

What a beautiful place! It does look serene and quiet...

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