Judy Hadley Introduces You to Our State Rock, Cumberlandite

Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 2:00 p.m. Downstairs Hall

North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI  02865

Event free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.


Our state rock, Cumberlandite, is almost exclusively found on a 4-acre lot in the Blackstone Valley.  It was first discovered by settlers hundreds of years ago, and used to manufacture farm tools and cannons, although cannons tended to crack.

Judy Hadley has been researching this unique rock for several years, and is writing a book on it, to be published later this year.  She will also have with her samples for you to observe.  Come and discover more about Cumberlandite, and hear many interesting historical tales of our state rock.

Image: This is a segment of railroad track from the historic Iron Mine Railroad.  This piece was cut from a longer piece that was dug out of the ground behind the Elder Ballou Meeting House Cemetery.  The Iron Mine Railroad operated for less than ten years and was used to transport quarried cumberlandite, which was used as trap rock.  Presented to the BVHS courtesy of Judy Hadley and the Blackstone River Watershed Council.



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