I would like to share with you what seems to be one of western North Carolina's best kept secrets.
Chrissy and I spent a couple hours last Saturday visiting our friends at the Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County, North Carolina. The museum, located in downtown Hendersonville, is free although donations are gladly accepted but not sought.
On display in the museum are dozens of beautifully-made wood cabinets filled with a wide assortment of fantastic fossils, rocks, minerals, cabachons, faceted gems and more from all over the world.
It seems to many that no museum is
omplete without a gift shop and the Hendersonville Museum is no exception.
One of the fun activities at the museum
is the cracking of geodes from the Carillo Mine, Mexico. A soil pipe cutter
attached to a table is used to perfectly split each geode purchased at the
The museum guarantees that each person will receive a hollow geode to
their liking. The Mexican geodes are well known to contain an assortment of
different minerals so you never know what you will get, adding to to the
anticipation and delight of all those who gather to watch. One of the display
cases contains some of the more fantastic geodes that have been cracked at the
Also on display at the museum are a few North Carolina minerals on loan from yours truly in their very own case.
I highly recommend that you stop by the Mineral & Lapiday Museum of
Henderson County the next time you find yourself in Hendersonville,
North Carolina. A map and more information can be found on their website
by clicking on the picture below:
Say hello to our buddies, Larry, Alan, Bill and
Lorraine for us.