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Betsy Martin2This video is an inverview of Betsy Martin, taken in her workshop, on February 2, 2016. Please note, this link will take you to YouTube: https://youtu.be/U4kU6PrrNso

The photo, left, is of Betsy with a pile of amazonite, at Morefield mine.

Screenshot 20210519 1226353In this video from 5/13/2017, David Packard of Packard's Rock Shop tells the story of a find-of-the-day at Morefield mine.

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On May 13, 2017, I had the exciting chance to tour the mine a second time. This video shows a portion of the wall that has been excavated at some previous point.

PXL 20210519 170449205With 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.

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This video features a section of Morefield mine's 45' level, an area where the previous owner Bill Baltzley removed the half ton of minerals that became the Morefield mine exhibit in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals.

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.

20170513 120423Mark Wylie, one of Morefield mine's miners (and a collector/ photographer), describes various elements in a single area of the mine, in this  📽️ video on YouTube, Myriad of Minerals.; you may want to open this in a separate tab.

The Geology of Morefield Pegmatite

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).

20141115 160455There are multiple reasons the find you brought home may not be on the official species list for Morefield mine.

Joan is mentioned, with respect to her life at Morefield mine, a number of times in the story of her deceased husband, Warren “Bill” Diehl Baltzley. On May 19, 2017 Joan's daughter Erika graciously gave me permission to use any photos and information I have from them in this book.