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(This is right on the border of Cartersville and White, GA so I put in both to be sure you see it).
You inherit some land, you have some extra cash, you have a passion for rocks.... what do you do with all of that?.... build a mineral education center and make kids happy while you make some more money.
The place is called the Weinman Mineral Museum. But what is it really. A museum for McNitt and Mayo family history, an adventure for kids to discover the wonders of minerals and rocks, a rock collectors delight because of all the samples available. There are 5 or 6 rooms, each with a different focus: the family museum room; the Georgia minerals room; the unusual gems and minerals room; the gift shop with fantastic collection of minerals to buy; the walk-through-a-cave room where you get the feeling of going into a mine; the latest exhibit room where some information and samples from rocks in the news are shown (like the moon rocks).
We spent a couple of hours meandering and shopping there. During that time, at least two school buses of kids (pre-teen) came in for a field-trip. Everything is self-guided but the staff will answer questions readily. They have restroom facilities and a small snack bar.
If you are into rocks or have inquisitive kids, then stop here. They often have special events on the premises (none the day we were there).
The organization has expanded facilities to include museum exhibits at 15 North Gilmer Street in Cartersville, GA. To get directions and information about the new building, ask at the desk at the establishment on Mineral Museum Drive or check the web page
Written Mar 1, 2007
Address: 51 mineral museum drive
I could find no significant crime statistics about White, GA other than it has 6 registered sex offenders.
It appears to be a fairly safe small town.
But tourists should always be mindful that they are strangers in town and children and single women may be targets for predators. Talk to the motel staff to find out if there are any particular areas of the town or times of night when extra care needs to be used.
if you want more information on the sex offenders, see the website listed below
Written Mar 6, 2007
A huge garden and estate; a dilapidated mansion and a first class resort.
Where are we? Barnsley Gardens and Resort.
The gardens can be toured alone or as part of a guided tour. We never take the guided tours but go about doing our thing instead. Either way it costs $10 to get into the garden area. Every month has a new adventure of flowers/shrubs coming into bloom. From Crocus and Pansies in February to Magnolias and Clematis in June to Camellias and Sedums in October.
It is an extensive walk so bring comfortable shoes. Plan about an hour to see most of the selections (you can always bail out if you get tired and rest and continue later).
Call ahead if you wish the guided tour so that you can determine the tour times.
to get there:
597 Barnsley Gardens Road
Take I-75 to Exit 306( route 140, Folsom Road). 2.2 miles west on route 140. Go south at Hall Station Road and travel 5.5 miles. Connect to Barnsley Gardens Road at the old filling station on the right, turn right onto Barnsley Gardens Road Travel 2.5 miles to Main Entrance of the Resort
Updated Jun 28, 2007