The Lancaster cross stones
- The Lancaster cross stones
Cross stones, found in the local hills, have long been prized by many residents. They are a unique form of mineral andalusite (aluminum silicate) called chiastolite, from the Greek chiastros meaning "x-marked." According to local lore, they were worn by Native American braves as charms to give them strength. In the 19th century, it was popular to have them polished and fashioned into jewelry. They are also found in California, Pennsylvania, and Maine.
- Name on Item:
Eugene and Beryl Christoph ; Kathleen Griffin
- Lancaster Historical Society
- Collection (local):
Photo Archives of the Lancaster (MA) Historical Society
- 1 photograph
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Published in: Images of America, Lancaster / Heather Maurer Lennon. Charleston, SC ; Chicago IL ; Portsmouth NH ; San Francisco CA. : Arcadia Publishing, 2001