|History of the Luck Stone Quarry Site
Fairfax County, Virginia
by Debbie Robison |
February 11, 2008
history of the Luck Stone Quarry site, located on Route 29 in
Culpeper basin roughly extends from the
is no coincidence that a quarry was established on land where basalt lava
flowed so long ago. The quarry mines diabase, a dense, igneous rock. This hard
rock was found to be ideal as a road bed material when
January 2, 1928, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors directed the
…to operate a quarry and crushing plant for the removal of stone and all by products…They have the exclusive right to quarry, crush and remove from said land all stone and by products therefrom, together with the right of erecting theron such buildings and sheds as it may deem expedient and necessary and with the full and uninterrupted right of ingress and egress to and from said land for the purpose of operating the said quarry and crushing plant…
In return, the property owners received a royalty of three cents per cubic yard of stone sold by the quarry. To get to the diabase rock, the soil needed to be stripped from the surface. J. R. and Daisy Wells agreed that the quarry operators could spread the soil on the Wells’s property from the quarry site down to the branch (a small stream.)
quarry may have already been operating on the Wells property. The contract with
May 1928, the Board of Supervisors agreed to allow Engineer Larkin to sell rock, chips and dust to the Town of
the enactment of the State Secondary Road Act, the responsibility of building
and maintaining roads was transferred to the Highway Department of the
the previous month, Saum entered into lease agreements with the Wells and
new owners purchased all of the unfulfilled orders and contracts, particularly an unfilled order with the
One 15 Horse Power Boiler
Two 35 Horse Power Boilers
One Water Wagon
One Winding Drum
One Stone Car
One Stationary Bin
One Ford Ton Truck and Water Tank
Three Blocks and Hooks
Four Screw Jacks
Two Wood Steam Drills
One Set Pipe Dies and Cutters
One Set Bolt Dies
One Blow Torch
Two Wheel Barrows
Three Cross Cut Saws
One Gasoline Water Pump
Two End Wrenches
Four Sets Cart Harness
One Blacksmith Tool Box and Contents
One Hand Pump
Two Steam Engines
Two Blasting Machines
300 Tons of Screenings
150 lbs. of Dynamite
350 8-foot Explosives
Two Carbon Lights
All Oil Tanks
Kettles for Pouring Babbitt [A soft metal]
January 5, 1938, the contracts of Wells, Griffin, and Naylor were assigned to
Fairfax Quarries, Incorporated, whose president was Charles S. Luck, Jr.
Two years later, Fairfax Quarries leased over five acres from Willie Ann and
Otis Lancaster, together with the rights to use the water from the well on the
The land adjoined the Wells and
 Keith Frye, Roadside Geology of Virginia, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT, 1986, pp. 1-52.
 Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Minutes, Microfilm, Fairfax County Public Library, January 2, 1928, p. 311.
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 Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Minutes, Microfilm, Fairfax County Public Library, May 2, 1928, p. 354.
 Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Minutes, Microfilm, Fairfax County Public Library, May 4, 1932, p. 218.
County Board of Supervisor Minutes, Microfilm, Fairfax County Public Library,
May 2, 1928, p. 354; Also “Fairfax Highway Equipment Is Sold Auction Result
of State Secondary Road Act; $1,700 Netted.” The
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