Mindat Logo

Sturbridge Graphite Mine (Tantiusques Mine; Winthrop Lead Mine), Sturbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA
This page is currently not sponsored. Click here to sponsor this page.

Latitude: 42°3'26"N
Longitude: 72°7'52"W
 
 
Graphite ("black lead") was mined here by the Nipmuc to make ceremonial paints. John Winthrop the Younger (1606-1676) purchased the mine in 1644. Actual work did not begin until April 1658, and the mine seems to have been soon abandoned. Another John Winthrop, nephew of the original owner, started mining again in 1738 but ceased operations after a couple of years. There is no record of mining again until 1828-29 when Frederick Tudor (1783-1864) of Boston reopened the mine and operated it until his death in 1864. Purchased by the Massachusetts Graphite Company in 1902, it was operated occasionally until at least 1911.

Mineral List

'Albite-Anorthite Series'
'Apatite'
'Biotite'
Calcite
Graphite
'Hornblende'
Magnetite
Pyrite
Pyrope
Quartz
Sillimanite


11 entries listed. 6 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

The above list contains all mineral locality references listed on mindat.org. This does not claim to be a complete list. If you know of more minerals from this site, please register so you can add to our database. This locality information is for reference purposes only. You should never attempt to visit any sites listed in mindat.org without first ensuring that you have the permission of the land and/or mineral rights holders for access and that you are aware of all safety precautions necessary.

References

Hitchcock, Edward (1835): Report on the Geology, Mineralogy, Botany, and Zoology of Massachusetts, pp. 57-58.

Haynes, George H. (1901): The Tale of Tantiusques (Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, Volume 14, p. 471.)

Bastin, Edson S. (1912): Graphite (USGS: Mineral Resources of the United States, Part II Nonmetals, Calendar Year 1911)

Apfel, Earl T. (1944): Graphite Deposits Near Sturbridge, Massachusetts (USGS Open File Report)

Palache, Charles (1947): The Sturbridge, Mass., Graphite Mine. (Rocks & Minerals 22:502).

Skehan, James. (2001): Roadside Geology of Massachusetts (Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula MT), p. 238.


External Links


Mineral and/or Locality  
Search Google  
Copyright © Jolyon Ralph and Ida Chau 1993-2014. Site Map. Locality, mineral & photograph data are the copyright of the individuals who submitted them. Site hosted & developed by Jolyon Ralph. Mindat.org is an online information resource dedicated to providing free mineralogical information to all. Mindat relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters. Mindat does not offer minerals for sale. If you would like to add information to improve the quality of our database, then click here to register.
Current server date and time: December 18, 2014 09:56:19 Page generated: July 21, 2014 02:56:16
Mineral and Locality Search
Mineral:
and/or Locality:
Options
Fade toolbar when not in focusFix toolbar to bottom of page
Hide Social Media Links
Slideshow frame delay seconds