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January 12, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

1833: Gold in Buckingham County



On July 30, 1833 the Editors of the Richmond Whig printed a letter from Daniel Guerrant concerning the abundance of gold in Buckingham County. It read as follows:

Sir—Mr. Thomas Morton & Co., digging on the west fork of Hunt’s Creek, about two miles north west of Buckingham Church, are getting frequently four or five dollars per day, to the hand. One day they obtained eight pennyweights, valued at 95 cents per dwt. Or about 7 or 8 dollars to each hand employed, in surface gold. A large quantity of Ore has also been dug up out of a pit adjacent to the branch that the surface gold has been obtained from. One man (engaged in mining,) supposed this ore worth 8 or 10 thousand dollars, or 7 or 8 dollars to the bushel. A mill will be erected to convert it to dust for the purpose of being washed. John Mosley & Co., have very lately commenced washing for surface gold, about three hundred yards south of Morton & Co., on the land of Stephen Guerrant. . . .

Beginning in the 1830s, numerous goldmines opened in Buckingham. To read more about them at Slate River Ramblings, type gold in the search box on the right and enjoy the results!

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