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Hanover County, Virginia
Dec 19th, 2012 at 12:44pm
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Here is moonstone on garniteferous schist from what is said to be the earliest site of mica mining in Virginia.  Collected with my son Sean in about 2004 or so.  I don't recall whether this came from the creek, where most moonstone is found at this locality, or from the compacted/graded dumps.  You can see the one face that is oxidized more than the rest, so I suspect that is what was flush with the surface.  We pried only a few pieces from the southernmost dumps, which are highly compacted at the edge of the farm field around what looks like an old shaft sealed with an iron hatch.
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Re: Hanover County, Virginia
Reply #1 - Mar 19th, 2015 at 4:50pm
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Looks like calcite that I've found near there.
  
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Reply #2 - Mar 19th, 2015 at 10:11pm
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It's my lighting. Recently we explored further and found the old mica mine pits along the northern end of the creek. Extensive and overgrown dumps throughout the woods.

Didn't know we had calcite in Hanover. Above or below the fall line?
  
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Reply #3 - Mar 20th, 2015 at 7:31pm
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Hey Tim cool looking piece. I have meaning to contact you but work has me busy busy busy but looks to be slowing down. I will write an email very soon to you.
  
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