Rockhound Sites in Massachusetts Part I

Rockhounding in Massachusetts

Middle of July, American Geode had the opportunity to leave New York City and visit a famous rockhound site in Massachusetts. Specifically in Chester, Massachusetts, American Geode spent a day looking for an old emery mine, known as the Old Mine.

The Chester, Massachusetts is known for at least 6 mines in the 19th century and early 20th century. The primary mineral was the industrial abrasive emery. It took a moment to realize this is the reason why those nail files are called Emery Boards. It was a genuine “Ah-Ha” moment as for the longest time I had never given second thought to why an emery board was called an emery board. If you has asked me years ago, I would have said that the inventor’s surname was Emery.

So some friends and I went to the park in Chester, Massachusetts that marks the entrance to the location of the old emery mines of Chester.

While we did not find any emery, we saw the remnants and ruins of a mining operation. The area is along a river, which makes sense, and the hike and trail, and fresh air are very refreshing. We would consider this an easy to moderate rockhound location as tools are required, but there are a lot of loose rocks and overflow from the old mining operations to examine and crack. As always, contact American Geode directly through the American Geode homepage to learn more about rockhounding sites in Massachusetts, and other rockhounding sites in the United States.


2020 Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show

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2020 Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show

This is a legendary show!!!!!!! 8 days long! This is the “Gold Standard” for a great gem, mineral, fossil, jewelry, and lapidary show!!!!!

The 36th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral & Gem Show will be held Sunday July 26th through Sunday August 2nd from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, once again at 136 Majestic View, Spruce Pine, NC (the field above Spruce Pine Chevrolet). The Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show is put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment. Over 65 US and International dealers have almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossil, lapidary equipment and more you might want. Each booth is 20 foot by 40 foot so there are LOTS of items for sale.  Many vendors will be open earlier and later than the posted hours because they are staying with their booth. Some vendors may be open on Saturday July 25th also. Parking and admission are free. Food is available.

If you would like more info on local Mineral shows and rockhound clubs click on the American Geode News page for up to date listings and links to Gem Show, Mineral Show, and Fossil Show announcements. American Geode updates our rockhound news twice an hour and showcase the top mineral shows and rockhound news in the USA and the World. Also, follow American Geode on Twitter for even more rockhound events, commentary, and laughable quips from American Geode.

A Rockhound in Coronavirus Lockdown

New York City instituted a strict stay at home order last month. We have been following it closely, so rockhounding must wait. In the meantime, here is an anecdote about how this stay at home order has impacted a member of the American Geode team:

We adopted a second senior dog right before coronavirus locked down New York City. We like to take in senior dogs, the ones with the toughest odds. 
Here is how coronavirus impacted us:Archie is a fixer-upper, and one of the problems he suffers from is separation anxiety. We had about a day to work on leaving the apartment for 15-30 minutes, for laundry or to get a beer before coronavirus lockdown hit. We planned to gradually expand the amount of time that Archie was home alone, but with coronavirus, we are now always together, all of the time.
So we have resolved now that Archie will just have to go with us everywhere, once this all passes. How in the hell would we resume separation anxiety training after a shut-in where the farthest apart we are from Archie is when one of us goes into the bathroom.

Quartz from China

Fantastic quartz from China.

American Geode used to sell geodes every weekend at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. There was another dealer of minerals and crystals there, gentleman from China, who offered this magnificent candlestick quartz in limestone to us in exchange for some Indiana geodes. Please email American Geode with questions, comments, suggestions to

Amethyst from Canada

In January and February 2019 the American Geode team went to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. One of the shows off the side of the highway was a miners’ co-op, and American Geode acquired these very fine beautiful amethyst in matrix from miners who drive them down from Canada. They are from the Thunder Bay area of Canada. Contact American Geode with questions, comments, more information at