The Chester Mica Mine and Quarry. Located in the Chester Blandford State Forest, it was originally worked in the 1800’s for feldspar, leaving the open cut or quarry as a result. The site was worked again during the 1940’s for mica by the Chester Granite Co., which sunk the shaft. Minerals found here: albite, beryl, muscovite, quartz, black tourmaline, spodumene, zircon and more. Mica was used for wood stove doors and low voltage insulators. The flooded shaft is connected to the quarry which is a cut approx 800 feet long. You need a permit to collect here. The historic photo of the mine buildings is fascinating, never before seen courtesy of the DCR in their historic collection shown by Alec Gillman.
Chester Mica Mine and Quarry
Western Mass Hilltown Hikers2023-05-24T15:38:53-04:00May 24th, 2023|Chester, Chester Blandford State Forest, Mines|
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