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Our family made the trek from the coast of Maine to the mountains of Maine. Our visit was during peak foliage season, which was quite a treat in itself.

Little did our family know, the experience was about to get even better! The fun manor in which you explain mining and the mining lifestyle of yesteryears kept our children captivated. Pawing through the tailings, panning minerals and crystals, as well as exploring old mines made this a trip to remember for everyone in our family.

Thank you for the memories, and we look forward to seeing you next year!!


Added: October 18, 2010
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We loved this experience. Seabury is interesting, fun, knowledgable and very accomodating. We truly enjoyed the minerology and geology portion of our adventure. We learned a lot in a fun way. The area and the mines are a unique way to spend one's time while learning and having a good time.

We found some nice minerals to take back home as sourvenirs. All in all, we rate this experience as A-one and well worth the cost.


Added: October 7, 2010
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Great time in the mines and fields digging for gems. Our guide Seabury was the best he took us on our tour with very short notice and did it with a smile despite the forecast for heavy rain. Boy was the forecast right but that did not stop the fun or the gems from being found. Great family fun!!

Added: August 26, 2010
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Fantastic trip to the Bumpus Mine(even in the rain!). Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and great with the kids. The mine is a real Maine Treasure and we found oodles of our own "treasures" in the mine's tailings piles after the tour. We highly recommend this expedition to visitors with children!

Added: August 23, 2010
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I went on your tour of the Bumpus mine on Aug. 17, 2010, along with my brother and my young nephew. It was very educational and interesting, your guide Mr. Seabury Lyon was superb, and explained everything so everyone understood and brought to life, the world of the miner's in days gone by.

His knowledge of the area and the happenings that went on there were fascinating, as well as his ability to inspire you to do a little prospecting on the tailings of the mine. He was there digging and examining right along with us, as well as pointing out some " hot spots" where the rocks and minerals had been found in the past.

I am a nature writer for a local newspaper, and have been for the past 20 years, and the author of a nature book back in the 1980's. I would recommend this tour with 5 stars!


Added: August 19, 2010
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11/28/07

There is no better way to earn a cub scout badge, pin and belt loop then to get a guided tour of the Bumpus Mine. Seabury was excellent. He made the field trip fun with his humor, stories and interesting facts while teaching the boys the required cub scout items for their awards. They really enjoyed searching for treasures to take home. The Bumpus Mine is a hidden gem in the Bethel area that everyone should see. Thanks Seabury.


Added: August 16, 2010
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Welcome to our new guestbook! We're trying to prevent spammers from posting on our guestbook, so we've updated our hosting. All the posts from our previous guestbook(s) have been copied here today - we hope you'll post your experiences with Maine Mineralogy Expeditions here!

Added: August 16, 2010
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8/15/10

My family, with 2 boys (8 and 10 yrs old) and nephews (4 and 6), had a blast mining in the sluice at Bethel outdoor adventure. Brian was so nice, knowledgeable, and helpful with finding gems from our bucket of dirt. He knew the area, and was able to give a great history of the area and highlight must-see sights, which made our vacation even more fantastic. He then referred us to MT. Mann, to further try to separate aquamarine found in a large rock, to determine quality and save us the gas of having to haul this large rock with us back to CT:) What a great experience it was to meet James Mann, he was enthusiastic, very giving of his time, and great with my children (sons and nephews), as he demonstrated breaking rocks to release gems. He was successful in removing the aquamarine and demonstrated the difference in quality of what we found to that of gem quality. He also demonstrated use of the diamond edged lapidary saw to ! cut rocks and make facets. His skill, and ability to educate was impressive, and his show room of hand crafted jewelry was just splendid.


Added: August 16, 2010
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6/22/10

Just sitting back and relaxing after a great day at the mine with Seabury. He is the true gem of the day. Very engaging, informative, funny and has a incredible passion and knowledge of the mines geological formations, operations and the gems uncovered within.


Added: August 16, 2010
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6/16/10

My 11Yr old son Nick and I spent an entire morning with your Brian at the tent learning and finding a lot in our bucket of minerals. Nick is hooked on mineralogy. We get up to Bethel a few times each year


Added: August 16, 2010
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