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Virginia Gold Mines, Prospecting, Panning, Treasure Hunting and Rockhounding

Prospecting and panning for gold in Virginia is of increasing interest to people living in the eastern part of the United States. There is a long streak of gold mines and prospecting sites in Virginia. Gold panning is easy to learn.  Treasure hunting and gold prospecting with a metal detector is also very popular in Virginia. Revolutionary War and Civil War battles were fought here and caches of valuables, including gold coins and jewelry, were hidden from opposing forces. Relics from the Civil War are frequently found by treasure hunters using metal detectors. A good gift.

Gold nugget from Virginia gold mine.
Virginia gold nugget in the Smithsonian Institution

Excellent specimens of gold nuggets found in Virginia are in the U.S. Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.). Should you find a gold nugget while prospecting and panning, keep in mind that even small gold nuggets are worth far more than their weight in gold. Gem and mineral collectors, rockhounds, mineral museums and geology departments of universities seek them. Jewelers use medium-sized gold nuggets in making jewelry, such as pendants. Small gold nuggets are used to make gold earrings.

WHERE TO LOOK FOR AND FIND GOLD IN VIRGINIA

Big Ten, Inc.'s Virginia Gold Prospecting and Panning Map shows places where to look to find gold near:

Alexandria, Annandale, Appomattox, Charlottesville, Christiansburg, Clarksville, Culpepper, Dale City, Dillwyn, Dumfries, Farmville, Floyd, Fredericksburg, Lake Anna, Louisa, Manassas, Philpot Lake, Quantico, Scottsville, South Boston, Thornburg, Vienna, Warrenton, Washington, D.C., Wilderness and Woodbridge.

It shows two hundred (200) gold mines and prospecting and panning locations from official geological records of the State of Virginia and the federal government. Locations for finding gold are shown within 25 miles of each of the above listed places. These gold deposit locations, which show where gold has been found in the past, are clearly marked.

The map is done in color. The margin of the map has text that tells where to look for gold in a streambed, how to tell "fools gold" from real gold and gives step-by-step gold panning instructions. You can quickly learn to pan by following the instructions on the map.

Comments on Mining of Gold, Gold Prospecting, Gold Panning, Treasure Hunting and Rockhounding in Virginia

The streak of gold mines and prospecting areas in Virginia starts in Fairfax County near Washington, D.C. and trends to the southwest for about 140 miles. The gold mines and prospecting locations parallel Interstate 95 just west of Dumfries and Fredericksburg and continue southwest into Buckingham County, east of Lynchburg. Some other gold mines and prospecting areas are farther south near South Boston and in Floyd and Patrick counties.

Gold mines and prospecting locations are shown in these 15 Virginia counties:

Buckingham    Culpepper    Cumberland    Fairfax    Fauquier    Floyd    Fluvanna    Goochland    Halifax    Louisa    Orange    Patrick    Prince William    Spotsylvania    Stafford.

Heavy concentrations of gold mines and prospecting and panning sites are seen near Fredericksburg and Wilderness along the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers. Another large group of mines and prospects occurs along the Fluvanna / Goochland county line.

Virginia Gold Mining History

Note: Historical information herein is from documents written by geologist Palmer C. Sweet of the Virginia Division of Mineral Resources. 

Placer gold mining started in Virginia about 1804. Lode gold mining quickly followed. The only known reference to gold in the southern Appalachians published in the 18th century appears in Thomas Jefferson’s notes on Virginia wherein he described a piece of ore, found in 1782 on the bank of the Rappahannock River, that yielded 17 pennyweight of gold. Gold from Virginia and South Carolina was sent to the mint in 1829 and from Georgia in 1830.

A U.S. Geological Survey document, in referring to the southern Appalachian region, states that a real boom was under way and, press reports of the period contain such headlines as "Number of gold mines increasing daily," "Farmers find gold in every hill," "Moneyed men from every quarter of the Union purchasing land at extravagant prices," "Mills are building," "Mine produces 160 pounds of pure metal in one week," "Gold digging amounts to mania." Gold mining in Virginia continued with only a few breaks until 1947.

VIRGINIA GOLD MAP

Two hundred (200) Virginia gold mines and prospect locations are shown. Virginia has a long history of placer gold and lode gold mining. Gold prospectors from other states go to the Virginia gold mining and prospecting sites to  pan, sluice, or dredge for the yellow metal.

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