Government Island

See the quarry where the U.S. Government's most famous buildings were born.  The stone from the U.S. Capitol and the White House was quarried in this scenic venue and shipped to Washington DC by water.  Government Island, a historic 18th and 19th century quarry site provided Aquia sandstone for the construction of other famous buildings as well. During George Washington's Presidency, Government Island was purchased by Pierre L'Enfant on behalf of the federal government in 1791 to provide stone to build the nation's new capital city - Washington, D.C. Please visit the website for complete park details and extended summer hours.

Located in the middle of Stafford I-95 exit 140. Government Island is now a undisturbed historic scenic nature park preserve and archaeological site. It is a beautiful location for bird watching and has a idea boardwalk to observe aquatic and native plants, birds and other wildlife. Amenities include a 1.5-mile trail (the first two trail segments are handicap accessible), and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history. Government Island is a scenic heritage trail, and also on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.