Thomas Jefferson stated in NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA (1782) that he found gold bearing rock weighing approximately four pounds near this site. Among the 19 gold mines that have been in operation since then in the area, the Franklin and the Liberty were the most productive with the Franklin producing 6259 ounces of gold as recently as 1936.
Geographic Location: Fauquier County
Physical Description of Location: Cedar Run, VA 22728. Located on Meetze Road, 1.25 miles southeast of the junction of Meetze Road and Balls Mill Road. Marker is on the left when traveling southeast on Meetze Road.
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