Morefield mine, or "Mm" QuickLinks
Photo credit: Karen Smith-Will, 2018
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As one of the closest natural history and geological museums to Morefield mine (about 36 miles away), Lora Robins Gallery has a limited number of mineral samples from the mine. This museum is at the University of Richmond, my alma mater.
With a name like “Jewell Glass,” this girl had to be destined for geology with an interest in gems! I explored her background, cued by her fascinating name and the surprising realization that this was a woman, in a leadership geology role, in 1935.
The Morefield mine is part of the Morefield-Denaro area, in contrast with the Rutherford Mine about 4 miles away, which is in the Jefferson-Amelia area (Lemke, Jahns and Griffitts, p. 104-107). It is about 300 feet above sea level, sloping toward the Appomattox River (Glass 1935), or as it is listed with the US Geological Survey (Sapakoff 1995), about 295.276 feet (90 meters).
2021, April 16 - added Harvard Mineralogical Museum to Museums list. Added Mining@Mm article + linked to front page.
Virginia Minerals did a call out for the book on their Facebook page--thank you!
2021, April 14 - added Joan Dameron Baltzley's bio + updated Friends
2021, April 13 - notification added on The Morefield Gem Mine's Facebook page. :)
2021, April 11 - Everything!
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During the past half dozen years, we have visited as many museums as we can, locating Morefield mine specimens. While in the future we will have an article for each, at the moment there are links to each of the organizations we have observed to have specimens.
How was the Morefield pegmatite discovered?
Prior to the 19th century, there is no incontrovertible evidence of the Morefield pegmatite being discovered. However, Fontaine (1883) indicates his belief that the Native Americans mined the nearby Rutherford pegmatite, providing the following personally-observed evidence (p. 331):
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