At the Herkimer Diamond Mine, you can go to the quarry and crack open rocks with a hand-sledge (hammer), in the hopes of finding a 'Herkimer Diamond'.
Herkimer diamonds are actually beautifully faceted quartz crystals, and are a thrill to find!
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ayobami (1353) 2006-01-18 10:56
Now this brings back memories! 6th grade obligatory field trip for all science classes - we even got to bring home small pieces we managed to find! I lived in Niskayuna near Schenectady at the time so this wasn't too far... thanks for posting and bringing back some good memories!