Guess What I Saw Today in Wake Forest NC? ROCK HOUNDS!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with RED Properties NC #129285

Hwy 98 Wake Forest NC Garnet HillSo, I was out and about today running some errands and found myself on Highway 98.  The little stretch that runs between Wake Forest NC and Durham NC with gorgeous view of Falls Lake along the way.

Low and behold I look to the right and there they were clinging to the rock face just mining away!

GARNET HILL

Who? The entire family out.  I had to turn around and go back.  The state has now posted NUMEROUS No Parking signs along the road now but, being the rebel that I am, pseudo-parked much to the dismay of the Mack truck that was behind me evidenced by his airbrakes!  SORRY! 

Anyhow, over 2 lanes of 60+ m.p.h traffic I was able to get a few shots and scream out a few questions.......

The family was finding HUGE garnets and plenty of them!  It was cold today but hey, if you are hanging on a rock face of a garnet vein over a busy highway do you really care what the temperature is?  Here is the family......NEXT time I will get out and go over - no could do today - family coming to visit.....

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Following is a post that I wrote way back in March 2008 all about Garnet Hill!  I think it is time to pull that post back out and polish it up - total pun intended!

What's even cooler is that I received an email as a result of that post in September 2009 - so, if you ever think that your posts don't have shelf life - THINK AGAIN!  Here is the email as well!

Name:   Subject: IP: Message:
susan thompson
 
garnet hill
75.66.65.39
thanks for the site.
we went and had such a good time.
do you know how to correctly clean the slabs and the loose garnets?
thanks, susan

And here is the ORIGINAL POST................ENJOY!

"Attention all Rock Hounds!!! Garnet Hill - Right Here in Wake Forest!

OK - Ya gotta admit - I give you some pretty good ideas for things to do in Wake Forest - well, hold on to your hats - here comes one of the most unusual and unique things to do in My Back Yard......

Just down the road off Hwy 98 there is an exposed vein of garnets.  FREE for the taking!  There are literally  billions of carats of this gorgeous purple/red semi-precious gem waiting to be found!  All you need is a hammer and chisel and you are good to go!  If you go after a heavy rain many of them can easily be worked out and most times they are virtually "free" due to the erosion caused by the rains.

To get to the site from US1 Raleigh (Capital Blvd.), drive north towards Wake Forestand exit right at the Highway 98 interchange, make a left at the bottom of the ramp (McDonald's in the corner), and go exactly 1.9 miles, the cutface will be to your right.

To know WHERE to dig I suggest you read this highly informative piece written by H. Kent Craig.  He give tips on mining, which areas you can and CAN NOT go, what to look for and what to expect. 

Now, how's THAT for an afternoon of adventure?

Always something happening in My Back Yard...."

 

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Rainer
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Linda Powers
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Leesa,

What a delightful story. I love to see other Realtors love their area as much as I love the Outer Banks. How can we not be successful ... in any market! And you live close to garnets. I'm a wannabe rock hound.

Dec 29, 2009 06:19 AM #1
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How exciting!  Where did the family park? 

We are close to a diamond field in Arkansas... doubters always claim that they salt it every once in a while to keep people coming... :)

I don't think so.

I love the photos!

Dec 29, 2009 06:25 AM #2
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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Linda - i am CRAZY about Wake Forest!!!!!  Can you believe that this is one of the largest Garnet veins in the world?  Pretty cool, huh???

Dec 29, 2009 06:41 AM #3
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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

How cool is that?!  I'm going to have to check it out!  You are just a plethora of information, Miss Leesa!  ;)

Dec 29, 2009 06:50 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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Hey, you're in the wrong business, Leesa.  Why don't you mine for garnets!

Dec 29, 2009 07:02 AM #5
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Leesa

That is pretty neat; I would have liked to have stopped and  watched them for awhile. 

Dec 29, 2009 07:30 AM #6
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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
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Leesa this is too cool!!  I have a lot of antique garnet jewelry (it's also my birthstone) that came from my family. Supposedly a lot of it is from garnets that they found and I guess it used to be a very popular hobby around here at the turn of the century.  But I've never known of a source around here.  Very very cool.  I love finding things of value - or digging them up I should say. What could be better? I used to love bottle digging for that very reason. Fun!

Liz

Dec 29, 2009 09:43 AM #7
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Laura Cerrano
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Leesa, That's amazing!  I had no idea there would be gemstones still that you could acquire on your own!  I would love doing that (in warmer weather) --  how special to wear something you found!

Dec 29, 2009 09:50 AM #8
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Laura Cerrano
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I LOVE your new photo!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 29, 2009 09:50 AM #9
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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Judi - The family actually parked down the road a walked.  HA!  It was really cool to see them all up there!  Can you tour the Diamond Field?  That would be NEAT!

Carol - It really is neat as can be!  You would NEVER EVER know it was there!

Dec 29, 2009 10:31 PM #10
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Leesa Finley
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Jane - think I could make a go of it?????

Tom - I DID want to stay but had to get home - mother in law making a visit!

Dec 29, 2009 11:51 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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Liz - Garnet is my son's birthstone so I have tons of them - LOVE THEM!  Bottle digging IS cool!  Do you have a metal detector?  I always envisioned myself as one of those metal detector beach combing people!  HAHA

Dec 30, 2009 12:50 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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Carole - Isn't that just the coolest thing????  It's funny, some days you drive by and there are quite a few people scrambling up and down that rock face!  Thanks for the compliment, too - very kind!

Dec 30, 2009 01:49 AM #13
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Maya Thomas, Broker
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That's amazing!  Totally cool!  It is unbelievable how up to date you are on everything in your community.  Your enthusiasm is so attractive and admirable.  What a representative for your community!

Dec 31, 2009 08:46 AM #14
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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Maya - Thank you so much for your kind words - that was very sweet of you!  The whole Rock Hound thing is wicked cool!!!!!

Dec 31, 2009 09:26 AM #15
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