Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine

Date: May 7, 2016

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

6961 Upper Burningtown Rd., Franklin, NC 28734


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Field Trip Maps and Hotel Information

This is from the Field Trip Chair Brian Burgess. I have Google maps for each of the field trips that are scheduled. Also I have saved a hotels map for those that do not want to get up at the crack of dawn and travel several hours to the dig site. If you would like me to send you the files, please send me an email. My email address can be found on the HGMS website under “About Us” and then “HGMS Contacts”. Google usually provides 2 to 3 routes to a destination, so I will send all routes to you. The routes all begin at the Senior Center. If you would like the hotel information, let me know and I will send it also. Monitor the events that you are interested in for updates and needed information.

Release and Liability Forms

Release Forms are available for you to download on the Activities page under Field Trips. Please print and fill out the Hogg Mine form prior to the dig on April 16, 2016. The liability form is to be completed only if you are bringing a non-member  with you.

Clarksville, GA Kyanite Field Trip

HGMS members come join us for a Kyanite field trip in Clarksville, GA. This trip is scheduled for Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m.

Located on private property, there will be a $10.00 charge to dig. To protect the privacy of the property

owner and to ensure the site stays open to us, this trip is for HGMS members only (general public not allowed).

You will need to email Brian Burgess ( of your intention to participate and Brian will send you the information on where to meet in Clarksville.

Charles Carter of the Georgia Mineral Society will be the field trip lead for the dig and will supply us with the information needed and the do’s and don’ts for the site .



Cane Creek Nature Preserve Field Trip

Come join us on Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. at the Cane Creek Nature Preserve. It is located at

251 Loop Rd., Tuscumbia, AL 35674

This is open to all HGMS members and those that went last year know what a good time we all had!

Don’t miss this beautiful walk in the woods! Our tour guide will be Jim Lacefield.

HGMS Presentation: “Mineral Identification” by Michael Soroczak

2015091895163959On 22 March, Michael  Soroczak will present “Mineral Identification”.

Michael Soroczak has a Bachelor of Science in Vocational & Technical Education from Athens State College and an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Studies from the Culinary Institute of America.  Mike, as we have all come to know him, is also a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard. Mike has an interesting background as a jack of all trades but most interestingly, Mike is a prospector for gems and minerals often prospecting over many states over the year.  Many a time we have noticed Mike shows his know-how by the generous haul of aquamarine, beryl, rose quartz from his adventures at the Hogg Mine down in La Grange, Georgia or finding of gold at Gold Camp south of Birmingham, Alabama. Mike has also served on the HGMS Board, volunteered many times in our fundraisers and presentations.  Mike will have many minerals on view.  You won’t want to miss this one!

Please join us for an entertaining evening!  The Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society will start the meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntsville Senior Center.