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Government Island to be on History Channel II this weekend

Update: Jane Conner shares her thoughts on being filmed here.

Many locals probably know that Aquia sandstone from Government Island was used for building the White House and other buildings in Washington.

The story will now be shared on the History Channel II, as part of the show “10 Things You Don’t Know About: the White House.” It airs at 9 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9.

The TV crew shot footage on the island along Aquia Creek in the late spring, and interviewed Supervisor Paul Milde and local historian Jane Conner, who wrote “Birthstone of the White House and Capitol.” The show is hosted by musician, author and actor Henry Rollins.

“Stafford County is celebrating our 350th birthday in 2014 and we hope Government Island’s appearance on the History Channel helps viewers understand that our story is the story of our country,” Milde said in a press release. “I am very proud Stafford had the foresight to preserve Government Island.”

The park is located at 191 Coal Landing Road. It’s fall/winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

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