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Monroe Park - Goldvein


Monroe Park and the Gold Mining Camp Museum
The Official Gold Mining Interpretive Center for the Commonwealth of Virginia
14421 Gold Dust Pkwy
Goldvein, VA 22720
Phone: (540)752-5330
Fax: (540)752-5325
email: monroepark@fauquiercounty.gov


Monroe Park

Park Manager/Curator: Todd Bonshire

Monroe Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk, Daily.

Park Office and Museum Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Wednesday through Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The park office and museum are closed New Years Day, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Facilities:

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.

Learn more about the Gold Mining Camp Museum and gold mining in Fauquier County at www.goldvein.com!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Spring Egg Hunt! - Due to the forecast of cold and rainy weather, the Friends of Monroe Park Spring Egg Hunt has been rescheduled to 11 am Saturday April 4. If you would like to participate, please call the park manager at 540-752-5330 to RSVP.


Gold Mining Camp Museum:

Gold mining toolsGold Panning pan 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!

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.

Friends of Monroe Park:

President-Cindy Stylianos
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. Initially, 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. 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 March 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Mess Hall of the Gold Mining Camp Museum. 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.

For more information, call the Monroe Park office at 540-752-5330.

Check out pictures from the 2014 Goldvein Jubilee, and the Trunk or Treat!

Northern Virginia Gold Prospectors

President-Bill Duckwitz
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.

Volunteers needed:

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.

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: 03/27/2015

 
 


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