The playground and Prospector Pavilion at Monroe Park

Monroe Park is located on a 14 acre lot donated by Pat and Thelma Monroe.  Monroe Park features The Gold Mining Camp Museum, including the gold and gem mining sluice, ADA accessible playground, sports fields, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court, Quarter-mile paved ADA accessible trail, Prospector Pavilion.


Free gold panning demonstrations are held Wednesday through Sunday at 2 pm, with an additional session on Saturdays at 10 am, weather permitting. Bags of mining rough with either gold or gems, minerals, or fossils, along with basic prospecting equipment, are available for purchase in the Mess Hall of the Gold Mining Camp Museum. If you buy a bag of mining rough, the sluice is available for you to find your treasures!

Please be aware that on many Wednesday through Friday mornings in the summer the panning area is reserved for our Historic Education program. At these times the panning area will be closed to the public until the group program is finished.


Perfect for a family reunion, birthday party, church social, sports team party, or any other type of get-together.
• Picnic tables for up to 60 people
• a large charcoal grill
• The shelter does not have electricity

President-Cindy Stylianos
The Friends of Monroe Park (FOMP) was created 20 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 towards the construction of the park and to this day continues fundraising to promote the development of additional park facilities. FOMP co-sponsors two annual events at the Park - the Goldvein Jubilee in September and the Spring Egg Hunt. T

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. The NVGP has long been a big supporter of the park. For more information about the club, contact the Monroe Park office.