This past Wednesday I took two of my grandsons, Joe 9 years old and Nick who is 7 to the Roxbury Garnet
Mine which is located in Roxbury CT. The mine is only about 30 miles from home and a great place to
take kids. The mine is located on private land but it only costs $2.00 to park,(you put the money
between the doors of the house) and you can take all the garnets you can carry. I have been to
the mine several times before with other collectors but this was the first time with
the kids and they had NO idea what to look for.
It's a very short walk from the parking area to the mine and while walking on the path the boys
were just full of questions which were all answered in just a few minuets when we got there.
"Holy Cow Nick,look at this one." "Come over here Joe I already found 5 of them."
"WOW Dziadzi,(grandfather in Polish and pronounced jha-gee), Look at the size of this one."
"This is like a treasure hunt Joe."
These comments went on for the entire time we were there and when we were ready to leave I had
to carry the boy's buckets,as well as my own, because they were to heavy for them to carry!!
I'd like to note here that we did not break a single rock to collect these garnets. We picked them
off of the ground with out even digging and some of the loose were the size of a big grape!!
We also took home quite a few pieces of the host rock containing garnets for the boys to break
up at their home.
You don't "have" to pick the garnets off of the ground.If you would like to swing away with a
sledge hammer and feathers or just pick away with hammer and chisel you can do that as well.
In fact the last time I was there with 2 of my buddies we had a generator, impact drill with a
1-1/4" bit, several chisels and feathers along with a 12 lb and 25 lb sledge hammer. We took home
some "serious" pieces of garnets and schist that day one of which was about
24"L x 12"W x 6"thick and was LOADED with garnets!!!
Another thing I have done is to scoop up the dirt off of the ground with a 5 gal bucket and
taken it home to sift through and also send it to some of my collecting buddies like Everett
Harrington and Brandon Richards (Virgil's son). Brandon just e mailed me today saying he had
a blast sifting through the dirt and finding all the garnets. I'll let Everett tell you
his experience with the dirt himself!!
Me and the boys had a fantastic day together and it's great to see and hear two kids so
happy and enjoying them selves in the great out-doors that God gave us.
The following picture was furnished in October 2009 by Larry Rush who wrote the following in an email to Mike Streeter:
"Mike: Just read your collecting page on your site.....I thought the Conn. [report] deserves a photo....one attached of the Roxbury Garnet Mine [specimens].
I have been there almost 50 times in the past 50 years...never came home disappointed yet!
October 14, 2009
Roxbury Garnets in Schist