1800-1809

An Account of the Freestone Quarries on the Potomac and Rappahannoc Rivers by B. Henry Latrobe

When Benjamin Henry LatrobePresident Jefferson's Surveyor of Public Buildings of the United States—needed local material with which to construct the nation's Capitol and other Washington buildings, he eagerly tapped a sandstone quarry in Stafford County that became known as Government Island.  His scientific comments on that geologic feature and others in our area were set down in this scholarly paper written in 1809, the same year the blocks of sandstone were brought to Washington by barge to be utilized. Today, the quarry at Stafford County's Government Island park may be seen by visitors who can also enjoy its nature preserve and trails.

Through the American West

By Valerie Bodden

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"A history of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's famed 1804-06 journey, detailing the challenges encountered, the individuals involved, the discoveries made, and how the expedition left its mark upon the world."
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Revolutionary Citizens: African Americans, 1776-1804

By Daniel C. Littlefield

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Chronicles the lives of African Americans during the Revolutionary War and the early years of the nation.
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John Francis Mercer of Stafford County: A Neglected Patriot: Captain of the 3rd Virginia; Anti-Federalist at the Constitutional Convention; Governor of Maryland, 1801-03

The Central Rappahannock region produced many of the men who led the fight for independence and fashioned the new American nation. Some are remembered, and afforded their due. Some, like John Francis Mercer, are not remembered -- but should be….