Mineral Collecting in the Vicinity of Chester, Vermont
Actinolite, Ankerite, Chrysotile, Garnet, Kyanite, Serpentine, Stourolite, Talc
Source: Jon Ciemiewicz 11/9/97
Location 1 - Actinolite, Ankerite, Chrysotile, Serpentine and Talc
Directions: At the intersection of Route 11 and Route 35 in the town of Chester go south on Rte 35 about 0.7 miles. Turn left onto the old road for approximately 1.6 miles. The mine will be on the right and easily visable from the road. The mine dumps are located on both sides of the road.
Collecting: Some nice sprays of actinolite crystals have been gathered from the dump on the west side of the road.
Suggestions: A crack hammer/sledge hammer and chisels are necessary to break out specimens to bring home. Don't forget goggles and gloves for protection.
Location 2 - Garnet, Kyanite and Stourolite
Directions: From the town of Chester head north on Route 103. The garnet mine has been covered over by a new bridge that was built about 0.8 miles past the intersection of Rtes 10 and 103. However there is still good collecting in the road cuts and the fill area around the bridge.
Collecting: Some very well formed garnet and staurolite crystals can be collected from this area..
Suggestions: A crack hammer/sledge hammer and chisels may be necessary to break out specimens to bring home. Don't forget goggles and gloves for protection.
Location 3 - Talc and Serpentine
Directions: From the town of Chester head north on Route 103 about eight miles. There will be an active mine in operation by Windsor Minerals on the left, it is posted and access is not obtainable. However, you can observe an operating mine from the parking lot and if you ask nicely they might let you do a little collecting along the edge of the filled parking lot for the trucks. Please do not dig holes in the parking lot and refill any that you make along the edge.
Collecting: Some nice talc specimines both massive and foliated can be found.
Suggestions: A three prong garden rake and a trenching shovel may be necessary to dig out specimens to bring home. Don't forget goggles and gloves for protection.
Mineral Collecting at the VAG Asbestos Mine, Eden Mills, Vermont
Garnet and Vesuvianite Crystals and Other Minerals
This site is a closed asbestos mine with a significant amount of asbestos in the dumps. Anyone that has an aversion to the possibility of lung problems should stay away. Reasonable precautions such as using a face mask and goggles should be sufficient protection for most individuals.
Source: Jon Ciemiewicz 6/5/96
Directions: From Interstate 89 take State route 100 north towards Stowe and Hyde Park. Go past the intersection of Rte 100 and Rte 118 in Eden about 1.2 miles. There will be a general store on the left in the town of Eden Mills. Just beyond the general store take the road that forks off to the left up the hill. The VAG mine is about 2.5 miles down this road on the left. It is nearly impossible to miss as the asbestos piles can be seen from about a mile away.
Collecting: Although the mine is closed permission to collect must be obtained from Mr. Elvin Jones RR1, Box 390, Eden Mills, VT 05653. Permission will usually be granted to groups of 5 or more collectors. It wouldn't hurt to have Club sponsorship. There has been some classic pieces of garnet on matrix as well as a host of other minerals collected from this locality in the past.
Suggestions: A rock pick, rock chisels, pry bars, hand sledge, shovel and 3 tined rake are all recommended for collecting at this site. For the less aggressive a shovel, rake and sifting box could produce some reasonable results by working the dumps.
Credit: Thanks to the members of the Nashua Mineral Society for providing the locations of numerous sites that this collector has submitted, including this one.
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