Delaware County invests in mineral-rich area

    Delaware County has bought a large tract of land known for its geological significance. It will open the area as a park for hikers and explorers. Well-known among rock buffs, Mineral Hill has long been a source of rare gems.

    Located along Baltimore Pike just west of Ridley Creek in Middletown Township, the 46-acre site is chockfull of hard-to-find minerals such as feldspar, amazonite and moonstone. Mineral Hill is also a source for serpentine — a green rock used to construct a number of buildings in the area.

    Christine Fizzano Cannon is vice chairwoman of Delaware County Council.

    “For Delaware County residents, it doesn’t just hold that significance — it also holds the significance of being a large parcel of open space that sits adjacent to some already preserved properties, and sits along the Ridley Creek,” said Cannon.

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    Cannon said the purchase will help preserve the creek’s watershed.

    The site was once used as a Boy Scouts camp. The $650,000 purchase was funded through a number of government and non-profit grants.

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