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Known Asbestos Occurrences in Virginia

Counties in Virginia that contain rocks with high levels of naturally occurring asbestos. 

Counties in Virginia that contain rocks with high levels of naturally occurring asbestos. 


Northern Virginia

Fairfax County  
Numerous excavations, for example just east of Centreville, and east of the intersection of US 50 and I-66.  Fibrous masses of asbestiform anthophyllite with fibers up to 30 cm long with tremolite and byssolite at Sisslers Quarry (aka Fairfax Quarry, or Centreville Quarry) a short distance south of Routes 29-211 approximately [1.4 miles east, or 3-4 miles west?] of Centreville.

Loudoun County
In small cavities in diabase at the Arlington Quarry (aka Old Goose Creek Quarry or Belmont Quarry) on Rt. 7 at Goose Creek near Leesburg.  Also in the New Goose Creek Quarry, west of State Road 659 in Belmont, 220 yards southwest of old Goose Creek Quarry.  In calcite at the Virginia Lime and Marble quarry on the south side of Goose Creek.  Fibrous masses in diabase at the Bull Run Quarry, just east of SR 659, approximately 3 miles south-southwest of Conklin.  Acicular tufts of actinolite and radiating groups of tremolite at Veasco Quarry on Goose Creek near Oatlands.

Prince William County
Byssolite at Gainesville diabase quarry 1 mile west-southwest of Gainesville, and at the Manassas Quarry north of SR 674 about 2.5 miles northwest of Manassas.  Actinolite at the Cabin Branch Mine north of Quantico Creek in Prince William Park about 1.6 miles east of Dumfries.

Bladed actinolite crystals in talc-rich rocks along Four Mile Run upstream from McKinley Road


Northern Blue Ridge Mountains

Page County
Serpentine asbestos is part of the gangue of the copper minerals in the Ida mine about 1 mile northwest of Ida.

Warren County
Asbestos at the shaft on the Martin property located 2 miles northwest of the Empire Vein copper prospects and 2 miles southeast of Bentonville.

Fauquier County
Cross-fiber asbestos in greenstone near Chester Gap south of Markham.


Central Virginia

Madison County
Asbestiform anthophyllite in 5-foot-wide shear zone along SR 603  about 2 miles north of Duet.

Albemarle County
Small rosettes of actinolite in the soapstone deposits near Old Dominion, in soapstone in vicinity of Alberene.

Bedford County
“Slip-fiber” asbestiform anthophyllite was mined in the early 20th century near Chestnut Ford, 12 miles south of Bedford.

Nelson County
Actinolite in soapstone quarries near Schuyler.

Buckingham County
Large laths of actinolite at the foot of Willis Mountain; anthophyllite constitutes a major portion of garnet-bearing amphibolite along railroad at New Canton.

Amelia County
Asbestos (actinolite?) at Chula, 7 miles north of Mattox Station near the Appomattox River.  Byssolite near Amelia Courthouse.

Louisa County
Bladed actinolite and anthophyllite at the old Sulphur mine near Mineral.  Tremolite at abandoned mines on Copper Creek north of Mineral.
Fluvanna County
Anthophyllite is a major constituent of garnet-bearing amphibolite about 0.75 miles north-northeast of Stage Junction.

Goochland County
Asbestos near Maidens.

Hanover County
Radiating crystals of actinolite in the mica mine near Hewlett’s Station, as acicular inclusion in quartz at feldspar pit near Montpelier.

Prince Edward County
Anthophyllite is a major constituent of garnet-bearing amphibolite about 1.5 miles northeast of Darlington Heights.


South Central and Southwestern Virginia

Franklin County
Asbestos mined two miles east of Rocky Mount.

Carroll County
Large crystals and fibrous, radial, and plumose actinolite intergrown with ore minerals at Betty Baker Mine on the Gossan Lead; actinolite is abundant at a vivianite locality 3 miles north of Galax.  Also along the Carroll/Grayson County line 7 miles from Galax and 2 miles from Coal Creek Church.

Grayson County
Near the northern opening on the Gossan Lead; on the Little River below the Hampton Mine.  Tremolite in marble ½ mile southwest of Grant.  Crocidolite fibers near the Mouth of Wilson.

Henry County
Asbestos in narrow veins in the central part of the Axton area near the Pittsylvania County line.  Anthophyllite 2.2 miles northeast of Ridgeway; fibers up to 25 cm; also east of Axton near the Pittsylvania line.  Crocidolite also occurs in Triassic sedimentary rocks that crop out west of Danville near the State line

Wythe County
Asbestos at the lead and zinc mines on Painters branch.

Floyd County
Near Barton and Singers.  Asbestiform anthophyllite fibers up to 90 cm long near the Franklin County line about 5.3 miles southeast of Floyd and 3.6 m southwest of Pizarro.  Anthophyllite in soapstone approximately 4.5 m south of Shelors Mill.  Brittle fibers in crosscutting veinlets near Blue Ridge Parkway 3.6 [5.3?] miles southeast of Floyd and 3.6 miles southwest of Pizarro.