By Eugene R. Anderson
From page 56 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved
Yes, it's true. Our third President, Thomas Jefferson, found and lost a rich vein of gold along Virginias Rappahannock River in 1782.
An educated man, Jefferson recognized a four pound piece of gold-filled quartz for what it was. He later said that while riding along he noticed a weathered outcrop which glinted bright in the late afternoon sun. Weary from a hard day's ride, he stopped to water his horse and examine the shiny piece of rock.
He immediately realized it was quartz filled wth stringers of gold. Taking a piece along for further examination, he continued toward Monticello, his home in Albemarle County, Virginia.