Ever wonder what Virginia’s state rock was?

Governor McAuliffe signed a bill on Friday the 1st naming Nelsonite as the state rock of Virginia. This will become official on July 1st of 2016. Virginia was one of only a few states that did not have a state rock.

Nelsonite, named after Nelson County near Charlottesville, is one of the only rocks named after a county. This rock was mined primarily in Nelson County in the early 1900’s and was a major boom to the surrounding economy. Nelsonite can be used to make steel, paint pigments and dye, fertilizer, and even artificial teeth!

While this stone is no longer mined in Nelson County, the name of the stone is still used across the world.

For more information, please click the link below about Virginia’s new state rock:

Nelsonite to become Virginia’s official state rock