Project Description

The Delaware Rocks! display features 14 large boulders – all from Delaware – within a 1,500-square-foot area planted with a variety of perennial ground covers, grasses, ferns and flowers.  The display teaches visitors broadly about geology, as well as more specifically about Delaware and its unique place in geological history.  The display is located between the upper and middle parking lots of the Museum.

Specimens include:DSC_0315
•    Sillimanite (Delaware’s state mineral)
•    Pegmatite
•    Gabbro
•    Brandywine Blue Gneiss
•    Barley Mill Gneiss
•    Baltimore Gneiss
•    Iron Hill Ore and Chert (2)
•    Cockeysville Marble (2)
•    Ringing Quartzite (2)
•    Quartzite (2)

Delaware Rocks! is made possible through the generous support of the Borkee Hagley Foundation, Ederic Foundation, and New Castle County.  Mineral expertise was provided by Tom Pankratz of the Delaware Mineralogical Society and William “Sandy” Schenck of the Delaware Geological Survey.  In addition, Meredith Doby of Meredith Doby Design Studios contributed her graphic and visual talents, and local landscape designer Susan Rivenbark developed a layout for the display. Specimens were donated by Appoquinimink School District, David Craven, Delaware Academy of Science, Susan and Anthony Felicia, Danita and Don Gregory, Edie and Dante Leviton, New Castle County, Robin and Tom Pankratz, and Woodlawn Trustees.