2018 Upper Abbeville Gem & Mineral Exhibition
Opening Reception October 6th, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Exhibit Dates October 8th, 2018 to November 7th, 2018
Monday -Thursday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Friday - Saturday by Appointment only call
CLOSED ON SUNDAYS
Ruth Burton's Phone: (864) 379-8867
Mine owners & Exhibitors will be on hand to meet & greet you!
Erskine College’s Bowie Arts Center located in Due West SC will host the 2018 Upper Abbeville Gem and Mineral Exhibit
Mine owners from Due West and SC Wild's Heritage Center
in the surrounding area will be on hand to answer questions.
In a brochure about the exhibit, an explanation is given for the presence of gems in and around Due West: “The factors of temperature, pressure, space, chemical elements, and time have been just right in upper Abbeville County to leave deep, rich deposits of amethyst and other gems which,
over time, have made their way toward the surface.”
Bowie Arts Center's Director, Ruth Burton noted that many residents are unaware of the “rich veins of amethyst, aquamarine, skeletal quartz, garnets, and other minerals and gemstones” in this area.
Four local mines—the Ellis Mine, the Cunningham Farm, the Diamond Hill Mine, and the Ashley Farm—are represented in the exhibit. In addition, John Rhodes Director of SC Wild's Heritage Center in McCormick SC USA, who is a longtime collector of minerals, will offer a display as part of the exhibit. Videos from Bryan Major, “The Crystal Collector,” will be featured. Teresa Kemp, owner of SC Wild’s Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts in McCormick, will also present a display.
Rockhounding Groups, home schoolers &
school groups are welcomed.
Handicapped Accessible * Free Parking *
Fun Educational Family &
Community Celebration of Science
A Must see Event
For Diamond Hill Mine Information visit their
For More Information:
Teresa R. Kemp Phone (803) 618-2250
The Bowie Arts Center Contact
Ruth Burton's Phone: (864) 379-8867.