Government Island

Government Island is a historic 18th and 19th century quarry site that provided Aquia sandstone for the construction of the White House and the U.S. Capitol building. 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 Stafford (George Washington's Boyhood Home), take I-95 to exit 140. Government Island is now a natural park preserve and archaeological site.  It is an ideal location 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.