Utilized by Native Americans for millennia, and purchased by the federal government in 1791, Government Island's unique stone was used in the original construction of both the U.S. Capital and the White House. Aquia sandstone from this quarry was favored for its bright color, fine-grained quality and for ease in intricate carving. George mason and George Washington were two of the quarry's most prominent clients. Government Island sandstone was also used for door and window trim, foundations, grave markers, churches, plantation homes, and other prominent buildings.
Government Island, now a Stafford County park, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
This scenic heritage park and trail was made possible through the cooperation and efforts of many individuals and organizations.