||The Goldvein area is a unique section of Northern Virginia in that from the 1820s to the 1930s gold mining was widespread. Southern Fauquier County is the northern edge of the Eastern “Gold Belt” which runs along the eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountains down to Alabama, covering a total area of some 4000 square miles. Learn about the history of gold mining in Virginia and the east coast at the Gold Mining Camp Museum at Monroe Park. Learn the techniques of today's prospectors and try your hand at panning for the mother lode! Each student will receive one bag of gems for panning. After the museum tour and panning demonstration, plan to stay and play on the playground and enjoy your packed lunch in the park.