Gold Nugget

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Stafford's Gold Mining Industry

Gold Nugget

In 1782 a 0.85-ounce gold nugget was discovered on the north side of the Rappahannock River near Little Falls plantation in Stafford County.

Thomas Jefferson wrote of this in his Notes on Virginia, ā€œI know a single instance of gold found in this state. It was interspersed in small specks in a lump of ore, of about four pounds weight, which yielded seventeen pennyweight of gold, of extraordinary ductility.ā€

The principal mining boom in Virginia ran from about 1827-1861.