The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum received some special guests from Clay County last Thursday.
The students from Hayesville Elementary have been studying soil and rocks this past year. They took a trip to Rose Creek Mine and the gem museum, followed by a picnic at the Wesley Park before returning over the mountain.
The museum occupies the old Macon County Jail that was built in the 1850s. Local gems and minerals and gems from around the world are on display.
The children seemed to enjoy the “fluorescent” room the most when the hidden rainbows of the rocks and on their clothes glowed under the fluorescent light.
A 2 1/4 pound local ruby that has been seen on the Travel Channel is also on display.
The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. , and is located on Phillips St. in Franklin. Admission is free.
For more information or a tour for your school, call Diane Aiello at (828)371-2436. For general and membership information call (828)369-7831.