- George Washington defaced it (some say) by carving "GW" into the rock during his 1750 surveying visit.
- Thomas Jefferson bought it from the King of England for a few dollars, built a private home there, and tagged it "the most sublime of nature's works".
- The National Register of Historic Places listed it as a National Historic Landmark.
- Herman Melville used it to as a literary device to describe Moby Dick.
Virginia's natural beauty, lush and green, engulfs the place. But the incredible coming together of nature's forces to create this oddment is the real story. Tectonic plates, continental collisions, limestone's incremental yielding to the unstoppable forces of water, and poof, a natural miracle happened before we were watching.
Seated on benches facing the bridge, we heard a well-delivered scholarly description of the natural and human history of this dramatic place. Later we engaged costumed interpreters at the Monocan village in the bridge's shadow and got a sense of the depth of their knowledge of Native American life. These educational interludes (our highlights) were pleasant surprises given the for-profit nature of this place.
Yours in admiring Mr. Jefferson's real estate acumen,