Scene News & Updates
Fauquier County Commemorative Grove
The Fauquier County Commemorative Gardens provide an opportunity for friends and family to remember a loved one, salute an achievement, mark a milestone or honor a colleague while creating beautiful gardens, groves and pathways for all to enjoy for generations. The Commemorative Grove at C. M. Crockett Park is a planned gallery of indigenous trees such as beeches, maples, and oaks. Call C.M. Crockett Park for details on how you can donate a planting or garden amenity.
The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
Within Virginia's 43,000 square miles of diverse natural habitat, you can find some 400 species of birds, 250 species of fish, 150 species of terrestrial and marine animals, 150 species of amphibians and reptiles, and a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates. The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail celebrates this diversity. In fact, it is the first statewide program of its kind in the United States. C.M. Crockett Park, John Marshall Birthplace Park, and Vint Hill Farms Park are distinguished as part of this trail. For more information visit this site: http://www.dgif.state.va.us/vbwt/ or call the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (540) 899-4169.
C.M. Crockett Park
Crockett Park and Germantown Lake are open every day of the year for you to enjoy. During the winter season the park provides an excellent place to exercise and a quiet haven to reflect and enjoy nature’s many gifts. C.M. Crockett Park is the county’s largest lakeside park offering a wide range of recreational opportunities including: fishing, seasonal boat rentals and concessions, boat launch facilities, picnicking, picnic shelters, volleyball, horse-shoes, an orienteering course, a cross country trail for hiking, jogging, winter skiing, and a nature trail through the woods.
Germantown Lake at C.M. Crockett Park
In cooperation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Germantown Lake has regular electro surveys completed. These surveys give a detailed picture of the fishery ratio. This information is then used to determine a course of action.
LIMIT ON LARGEMOUTH BASS:
- Limit of 5 Bass per day total
John Marshall Birthplace Park
This historic site has a picnic area at the trailhead with tables and grills, plus a .75-mile hiking trial that meanders along a stream back to a dedication monument to the Honorable Supreme Court Justice John Marshall. It’s easy to get to and will prove to be a very interesting walk. John Marshall Birthplace Park is located just a mile off Rt. 28 on Germantown Road. Open dawn to dusk.
This 14-acre community park features a baseball/softball field, a football/soccer field, horse shoe pits, a sand volleyball court, a great playground and a quarter mile long paved walking trail. Perfect for a family reunion, birthday party, or church social, the Prospector Pavilion can accommodate 60 persons, has a large charcoal grill, overlooks all the park’s great amenities and can be reserved for a reasonable fee for either a half or the whole day. Call the park office at 540-752-5330 for more information. Click here to see the latest Monroe Park Newsletter. Check out the pictures of "The 2013 Jubilee" and the 15th Anniversary of the Park!!!
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Friends of Monroe Park
The Friends of Monroe Park (FOMP) was created 15 years ago to support the efforts of the Fauquier County Government and Fauquier County Parks and Recreation in building and developing Monroe Park. Starting in February 1996, FOMP raised over $10,000 to go towards the construction of the park and to this day continues fundraising to promote the development of additional park facilities. FOMP currently co-sponsors two annual events at the Park - the Goldvein Jubilee in September and the Spring Egg Hunt - and has recently begun planning other off-site fundraising activities. Their current objective is raising funds to develop and build a gold panning area at the park.
Friends of Monroe Park Meeting: The next Friends of Monroe Park meeting will be held on Thursday August 14, at 7:00 pm at the Mess Hall at Monroe Park. Come and help plan for the Jubilee in September and discuss the gold panning/gem sluice. Jubilee planning and discussion about the gold panning/gem sluice are on the docket. The public is invited to attend the next meeting to bring any questions, concerns and suggestions for the park. Anyone interested in joining FOMP and/or helping out at the various events during the year is encouraged to attend this meeting.
Dont' miss the 17th annual Goldvein Jubilee! NOTE: Due to expected high heat and thunderstorms, the Goldvein Jubilee has been rescheduled and will be held Saturday, September 13, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Northern Virginia Gold Prospectors
An association of prospectors from northern Virginia, the club meets at the park the first Saturday of month, April to October. The meetings are open to the public; just bring an interest in prospecting. The NVGP has long been a big supporter of the park and at the Goldvein Jubilee they run a gold panning booth and donate all the proceeds to the park.
The Gold Mining Camp Museum at Monroe Park
The museum is now open Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Declared by The Virginia General Assembly as “The Official Gold Mining Interpretive Center for the Commonwealth”, the museum’s self-guided tour consists of re-created structures including a bunk house, mess hall, assay office, and outdoor interpretive signs and exhibits. Visitors get a taste of what it was like to be a gold miner in Virginia circa 1930. From March to November, free gold panning demonstrations occur Wednesday through Sunday at 2 p.m. with an additional session on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Visit www.goldvein.com or call the park office at 540-752-5330 for more information.
Click here to see what is for sale at the Gold Mining Camp Museum.
The department is pleased to announce the addition of more than 50 gold mining/prospecting artifacts to its collection. In the next few months, these items will be accessioned and then incorporated into the museum’s displays and exhibits. The department continues to search for artifacts, documents, pictures, news articles, and any other items related to the gold mining industry that may be donated, loaned, or photographed for use in the museum. Please contact the Park Manager/Curator at the number above if you have any items you would be interested in offering to the museum.
The fish are still here…even in winter. Come and get ‘em!