Fred HaynesI am a retired geologist now living in Rochester, New York.   My hobbies include gardening, mineral and fossil collecting, and stamp collecting.

However,  my web design skills are rather rudimentary and you may not find this site totally satisfying until/unless I upgrade them.  For now, though feel free to check out my blog for general entries and some mineral and fossil site entries.  Some helpful ways to navigate the site from the home page:

  • Expand the dated archive section to months or even entries
  • Use the Categories to shorten the list of entries as desired
  • Use the Tags as sort of an index to find items of interest
  • Click on the menu items at the top in green for links to New York mineral and fossil location entries
  • Note: if you are viewing on an Ipad, both the Menu Items and the tags from the left sidebar have been moved to the bottom of the page, you must scroll all the way to the bottom to find them.  Truly, a nuisance, but I have not found a work-around.

New York is rich in mineral and fossil collecting sites.  Many have been known for a hundred years or more, but others are being found every year.  One purpose of this site is to capture personal knowledge of sites I have visited, and others that I would like to visit.  This input may include maps, field pictures, mineral photos, and literature references.   It is not meant to be complete in any category, and I intend to continually add to the site as I explore New York geology and minerals.

In addition to this blog, I am also the editor for the Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club newsletter.  That monthly newsletter contains news on interesting sites for minerals and fossils as well as news about collecting trips that active organization held or plans to hold.  The club’s motto is “Always looking for places to dig”.  All past issues of the WCGMC newsletter can be accessed from the website home page and the Newsletter link on that page:

 http://www.wcgmc.org   —  Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club  Facebook link:   Wayne County Club Facebook Page Link

As the winters of my retirement continue, I am hopeful that I will begin to fill material in from another of my hobbies, stamp collecting.  Much of that comes from my role as editor of the Rochester Philatelic Association quarterly newsletter entitled “Hinges and Tongs”.   Those newsletters can be accessed at

http://www.rpastamps.org/  — Rochester Philatelic Association

Last update to this page — January, 2017

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  1. Fred, I lost my main computer so this is a back up that I’m using until the thing is restored. I lost your e-mail address in the process. Coming to Rochester with Isaac on Thurs and Friday next week. Fishing on one of those days. Any rock trips goin on duing that time? Any chance of getting permission to wander up the ammonite site? maybe on Saturday?


    Ken St.John

    1. Ken, I just now noticed your message here. A few days to late to be of any value, but you did find my e-mail address so I guess we did communicate. Hope your trip to Rochester and your time on Lake Ontario was fun. I’m off to Buffalo Saturday for the BGS picnic.

    1. Yes it has been a while Larry. Also a while since I have made an entry or checked the comments to my website! How did you ever happen to stumble on it? Hope all is well with you. Fred

  2. I am from Central Arkansas and in NY for a few months for work (March – June) and am looking for a couple spots to poke around on weekends. Not necessarily looking for a full on dig, but places were I may find exposed minerals, fossils, etc. to take home as “souvenirs” from my trip.

    Every time I ask the Google, your name seems to be at the top of the page, so, I was hoping you may could provide some suggestion for an amateur “rock dork” like me.

    I travel often for work and prefer rocks/minerals as souvenirs of my travel as opposed to the store bought trinkets…

    Any suggestions or direction would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Sorry I did not check my comments recently. Penfield Quarry has an Open House on May 5th in the morning. Check wcgmc.org for details. Penn-Dixie fossil site near Buffalo is an excellent public site for Devonian Fossils of the region (there is a fee there, check their webpage for details). I can also recommend that if you just want a few local rocks/fossils and don’t want to dig for them, the club I am most active with is hosting a mineral show in Canandaigua June 2-3 (called GemFest) and you can check that our on the website listed above also. We’ll have lots of the local stuff available at very discounted prices (almost, but not quite giveaways. Finally, some of the beaches along Lake Ontario are strewn with interesting rocks. My favorite is the east side of Chimney Bluffs State Park. Lots of variety including garnet gneiss, and fossilized limestone, all courtesy of past glaciation. Hope you enjoy your time in NY.

  3. Fred – I am visiting family in Rochester in July and I have heard about the blue calcite and unakite from the Valentine quarry. I would like more information – I have heard that there is areas where they dump stuff that people could get to and collect. I want to collect some for myself but mainly for our mineral show silent auction and for kids activities.

    1. Just visit there entrance, which is a couple hundred feet down Hermitage Rd. off of Rte 3 in Harrisville. Just to the right side of the gate they maintain a pile of rock which contains blue calcite and weollastonite, and to a lesser amount, unakite. There is sometimes a bit of greenish massive prehnite. If you are there during working hours I’m sure you could go visit someone in the office, but they are fine with you just parking outside the gate and taking from the pile. The blue calcite is excellent for the kids. The wollastonite is kind of sharp and is probably best left for adults to handle. I’ve had needle-like splinters in my hand at times. Also, look for the grey-black blebs in the blue calcite. It is graphite. Enjoy your visit.

    1. Michelle, A bit of a coincidence here. A bunch of us from WCGMC were in western MA last weekend. One place we went was the Chester Emery Mine right there in your home tomwn. Andrew Brodeur helped us at the site. He is in the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club. If you are not a member you should check them out.

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