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Government Island Sandstone Quarry

What Do the White House and U.S. Capitol Have in Common?

Answer: Both the White House and U.S. Capitol buildings were constructed from Aquia sandstone from Government Island in Stafford, Virginia. Aquia sandstone, or “freestone” as it was called in the colonial period, is found along the Potomac River and was used in the construction of several early public buildings including the White House and the […]

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