Patty Construction Quarry
Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
Chattooga County, Georgia
February 16, 2008
By Jeff Deere

We had great weather for our Dixie Mineral Council field trip to the Patty Construction Quarry near Summerville hosted by the Rome Georgia Mineral Society, with a high in the mid 50’s and partly cloudy skies.

Plenty of Parking Space

There were approximately 70 individuals assembled on this day to collect Summerville lace agate and drusy quartz at the site.

The Mine and the People

I have record of the following DMC clubs in attendance:

- Athens Rock and Gem Club (Athens, GA)
- Carroll County Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. (Carrollton, GA)
- Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society (Marietta, GA)
- Cotton Indian Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. (Stockbridge, GA)
- Forsyth Gem & Mineral Club (Winston-Salem, NC)
- Georgia Mineral Society (Atlanta, GA)
- Knoxville Gem & Mineral Society (Knoxville, TN)
- Mobile Rock & Gem Society, Inc. (Mobile, AL)
- Northeast Georgia Mineral Society (Cornelia, GA)
- Rome Georgia Mineral Society (Rome, GA)
- Southern Appalachian Mineral Society (Asheville, NC)
- Western South Carolina G&MS (Greenville, SC)

This site has been a long time favorite of many collectors. The agate forms within Mississippian age chert as delicate concentric bands. Colors are predominantly gray and red. On occasion, one can find stalactic formations, sometimes covered in drusy quartz. Material is generally found by simply surface collecting. However, I prefer to break apart boulders with a sledge.

Rogams Sr. Member
and Club Historian,
Ben Crawford

A couple agate samples on the host table

On this day, many a bucket and an occasional wheelbarrow of material was had.



Most cars and trucks were sitting low as they pulled away by late afternoon. Everyone with whom I spoke seemed happy with the ample and colorful material they collected.

Respectfully Submitted,
Jeff Deere
Field Trip Chair
Rome Ga. Mineral Society