Rockhounding in Albemarle County, Virginia

Reported Minerals & Deposits From:Virginia County List

 ALBEMARLE COUNTY – View at Mindat.org

 Alberene soapstone quarry -Alberene actinolite-tremolite, apatite, ferroan dolomite, erythrite, galena, ilmenite, magnetite, talc
Briar Fork – near Schuyler (excavation on Rt. 6) goethite pseudomorphs after pyrite
Esmont slate quarry – Esmont dolomite. limonite pseudomorphs after pyrite, siderite
Faber lead mine – near Faber  Galena (Lead), Sphalerite (Zinc) and Fluorite (white and purple) Chalcopyrite, Pyrite, Pyrrhotite, Magnetite, Quartz, Calcite, Cerussite, Chalcanthite, Pyromorphite, Kaolinite, Azurite, Chlorite and Hydrozincite.
[ The mine was discovered in 1849, and operated off and on by the Confederates during the Civil War producing an excess 7,000 pounds of lead, but abandoned when General Sherman crossed the Blue Ridge at Rockfish Gap. In 1905, it was again opened for Lead and Zinc but closed again about 1919. Several other unsuccessful attempts to reopen the mine were short-lived. The 3 shafts are now partly choked and caved and the audit reopened in 1958 is now caved. A large dump still exists and will still yield beautiful specimens after much searching and digging. – from “The Gem and Mineral Society of Lynchburg” newsletter Sept. 2008]

 

Martin Marietta quarry -near Charlottesville epidote, muscovite crystals, pyrite, quartz
Old Dominion soapstone quarry – near Old Dominion actinolite-tremolite, apatite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, cobaltite, dolomite, erythrite, galena, ilmenite, magnesite, magnetite, pyrite, talc
Stony Point mine – near Charlottesville chalcopyrite, cuprite, goethite, malachite, siderite

UNNAMED PROSPECT BARITE BARUIM RAW PROSPECT
FABER MINE FLUORINE  PAST PRODUCER
UNNAMED PROSPECT GEMSTONE  RAW PROSPECT
E J WRIGHT OCCURRENCE GOLD  RAW PROSPECT
UNNAMED MINE GRAPHITE  PAST PRODUCER
J.D. BURTON FARM IRON  RAW PROSPECT
STONY POINT MINE IRON  PAST PRODUCER
YOUNGS FARM PROSPECT IRON  EXP PROSPECT
LOOK MOUNTAIN MINE IRON  PAST PRODUCER
UNNAMED PROSPECT IRON  RAW PROSPECT
UNNAMED PROSPECT IRON  RAW PROSPECT
UNNAMED PROSPECT IRON  RAW PROSPECT
UNNAMED PROSPECT IRON  RAW PROSPECT
UNNAMED MINE IRON  PAST PRODUCER
SAND AND GRAVEL PIT SAND & GRAVEL  PAST PRODUCER
SAND AND GRAVEL PIT SAND & GRAVEL  PAST PRODUCER
SAND AND GRAVEL PIT SAND & GRAVEL  PAST PRODUCER
ALBEMARLE TROPHY MINE NO 1 SAND & GRAVEL  PRODUCER
RIVANA RIVER PIT & MILL SAND & GRAVEL  PAST PRODUCER
WILLIAMSON S L NO 2 PIT SAND & GRAVEL  PAST PRODUCER
WILLIAMSON S L NO 3 PIT SAND & GRAVEL  PAST PRODUCER
QUARRY NUMBER 24 STONE MISCELLANEOUS DM PRODUCER
SHADWELL MINE STONE BASALT CB PRODUCER
RED HILL QUARRY STONE GRANITE CB PRODUCER
COX QUARRY STONE SLATE DM PAST PRODUCER
UNNAMED QUARRY STONE LIMESTONE DM PAST PRODUCER
FARM AND HOME QUARRY STONE LIMESTONE CB PAST PRODUCER
HENSLEY QUARRY STONE LIMESTONE CB PAST PRODUCER
GARLAND QUARRY STONE LIMESTONE CB PAST PRODUCER
SUPERIOR STONE COMPANY QUARRY STONE LIMESTONE CB PAST PRODUCER
ESMONT QUARRY STONE SLATE DM PAST PRODUCER
SOAPSTONE QUARRY STONE MISCELLANEOUS DM PAST PRODUCER
SERPENTINE QUARRY STONE MISCELLANEOUS DM PAST PRODUCER
SOAPSTONE QUARRY STONE MISCELLANEOUS DM PAST PRODUCER
RED HILL QUARRY STONE GRANITE CB PAST PRODUCER
BERKELEY QUARRY STONE MISCELLANEOUS DM PAST PRODUCER
MOORES CREEK QUARRY STONE MISCELLANEOUS DM PAST PRODUCER
THOMAS QUARRY STONE MISCELLANEOUS DM PAST PRODUCER
MONTICELLO QUARRY STONE MISCELLANEOUS DM PAST PRODUCER
OHIO SULPHUR MINING CO. MINE SULFUR PYRITE PAST PRODUCER
ALBERENE STONE QUARRY NO 6 TALC GROUP PAST PRODUCER
UNNAMED PROSPECT ZINC  EXP PROSPECT

 

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