RattlesnakeMine has just been opened after 150 years!! Any you can nowown a piece of it,5 lbs. per bag!
We are working Rattlesnake Mine, this was one of the best known mines in Stafford County, Virginia in the 1800's.
It was shut down during the Civil War and has not been mined since the late 1800's. All material you receive will be screened and ready to pan. We have donetons panning and always find gold, we have too much material to pan so you can be the gold miner on this site.We are putting extra gold in every bag to make sure you will always have gold to find!!!5 lbs per bag.
Some history of Virginia Mines:
The first documented gold found in Virginia was a four-pound, gold-bearing rock reported by Thomas Jefferson in 1782, along the north side of the Rappahannock River (Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) “Gold”). However, the first reported discovery of a lode deposit was not until 1806, at the Whitehill Mine in western Spotsylvania County (Sweet and Trimble 185). Virginia became one of the country’s first gold-producing states, and there are known to have been over 300 mines, prospects, or occurrences within it (DMME “Gold”). Most were a part of the Gold-Pyrite Belt, which ran 140 miles from Fairfax County to southwestern Buckingham County (Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) Gold in Virginia). Many mining companies were created to operate the mines, and a variety of production methods were used, including panning, hand shoveling, sluicing, and dredging (DMME “Gold”). Over the years 1804 through 1947, Virginia produced 98,609 troy ounces of gold, from both placer and lode deposits. The peak of gold production was in the 1840s, with a climax in 1849, just before the California Gold Rush, after which there was a dramatic decrease. Beginning in 1864, toward the end of the Civil War, Union troops destroyed Virginia gold mines in order to damage the South’s economy, yet some reopened after the war, although with less production than before (Sweet and Trimble 2). During World War II, mines producing only gold were ordered to shut down so that their labor could be directed toward the war effort. Virginia’s gold production thus declined, and the last reported production was at a lead and zinc mine in Spotsylvania County in 1947 (DMME Gold in Virginia). The former gold mines in Stafford County were all in its southwest region, as part of the gold-pyrite belt, and all drained into the Rappahannock. The eleven mines and prospects are: Eagle (Rappahannock, Smith, Morgan and Rappahannock); Elliot Farm; Horse Pen (Horse Pin, Hospen, Rattlesnake), which is two mines; Lee Prospect; MacDonald Prospect; Monroe; New Hope; Pris-King, which had two shafts; Prospect A; Rattlesnake; and Wise Farm (Sweet and Trimble 184). Most of these gold mines were located near the confluence of the Rapidan and Rapahannock Rivers. The Rattlesnake was a "gulch deposit" with nuggets averaging 1 pennyweight (1.55 grams or .05 Oz). The largest nugget removed from the Rattlesnake was 6.05 Oz. Additional mines were along Pigeon Run and the North Anna River - now flooded by Lake Anna. The east side of the Lake Anna State Park skirts the edge of Pigeon Run.
This is a great way to teach kids how to pan for gold and actually find some!! A fun and Relaxing hobby that will always yeild Gold!.
Need help panning?
Just let me know and you will recieve a how-to-guide with purchase.