Stone Cross Mountain Museum from Martinsville, Virginia, will have on display this week in Jonesville its collection of staurolite crystals.
Staurolite crystals are a natural rock formation in the shape of a cross, explained Don Hopkins, founder of the museum, which is located near Fairy Stone State Park in Virginia, named for a legend about the special rocks. The symbols, found loose in the ground and embedded in rocks, include the three math symbols of multiply, subtract and add, a rosette symbol, which is the symbol of life, and a Roman cross, such as the one symbolizing the crucifixion of Christ.
The staurolite crystal collection will be held at the Heavenly Treasures Bible Book Store in the River View Village Shopping Center in Jonesville, on N.C. 67 near I-77, Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost for admission will be $10, with children younger than 12 admitted free. School or church groups of 20 or more persons will be admitted at half price.
Hopkins has been collecting the stones for more than 30 years, with thousands of hours mining, cleaning, sorting and displaying them. “I have dug over 3,000 buckets of dirt from the mountain, then screened the dirt and washed each basket of stones in 10 buckets of water, and then hunted for the crosses and other symbols,” he said.