The Official Gold Mining Interpretive Center for the Commonwealth of Virginia
14421 Gold Dust Pkwy
Goldvein, VA 22720
Learn more about the Gold Mining Camp Museum and gold mining in Fauquier County at www.goldvein.com!
|Friends of Monroe Park:|
The Friends of Monroe Park began fundraising in February 1996 to contribute toward the construction of the park. While the Friends easily met its initial goal of $10,000, they continue fundraising to facilitate development of other facilities in the park. The group most recently contributed to the expansion of the playground. The next Friends of Monroe Park meeting will be held on Thursday January 29, at 7:00 pm at the M&P Pizza in Morrisville. Come and help plan for the Spring Egg Hunt in March and discuss the gold panning/gem sluice. The public is invited to attend these meetings with any questions, concerns and suggestions for the park. For more information, call the Monroe Park office at 540-752-5330.
Volunteers are needed at Monroe Park for a variety of
challenging and exciting duties. Opportunities to help out your neighborhood
park include: landscaping, historical research, interpretive signage development, grant writing opportunities,
and web page development to name a few. Local high school students
are also encouraged to volunteer at Monroe Park to earn "C.I.V." hours.
For more information, please call the park at 540-752-5330 Wednesday, through
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., or leave a message.
Monroe Park is located at Hwy. 17 and Rt. 615 in Goldvein. Donated by Pat and Thelma Monroe, this 14 acre site includes the Gold Mining Camp Museum (see below), a football/soccer field, playground, softball field, horseshoe pits, a beach volleyball court, a quarter mile pathway, and the Prospector Pavilion. Pavilion rental reservations can be made one year in advance. All fees and completed 'Facility Application' forms, including permits, must be turned in to hold your facility for a specific date or time. Park hours are dawn to dusk daily, year round.
|Gold Mining Camp Museum:|
As the Official Gold Mining Interpretive Center for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the museum is a great place to learn about the gold
mining industry in Fauquier County. Explore the
Mess Hall, Assay Office and Bunk House outfitted as they would have been in the 1920's and 1930's. Take a step back to over 80 years ago and learn about a long forgotten part of Virginia history! The Department
is still searching for artifacts, documents, pictures, news articles,
and any other items that may be donated, loaned, or photographed for
use in the museum. Items donated or on loan include: miners' hats, gold
ore, gold pans, miners’ scales, artwork, and a mortar and pestle set. Please call our office at 540-752-5330 if you have or know of any items that we may be interested for display in the museum. Fauquier County brochures & maps will be available to help travelers enjoy the sites nearby. The museum’s
hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|Living Historians Needed!|
The museum is looking for dedicated volunteers to take on organizing and playing a part in a new Living History Program. Staff and volunteers will research a person living or visiting a 1930s gold mining camp (miner, assayer, cook, manager, family member, et al) and the volunteer will then take on this persona and interact with the public once a month on special Living History Days from April to October. This exciting new program is still in its planning stages so if you would like to get in on the ground floor of this thrilling new adventure, please get in contact with the Park Manager/Curator.
Date Last Modified: 01/21/2015