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Upcoming Events


The Franklin Gem and Mineral Society's next general meeting will be conducted March 28th at the Franklin (First Christian Church  at 156 Belleview Park Rd., at 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to join us.

We will have brief business meeting, followed by light snacks and a Presentation on rock weathering and the formation of rare soils.

This is a great opportunity to meet and informally socialize with other rockhounds, or get started in a new hobby with guidance from experienced collectors.  Questions?

e-mail Society VP/Sec Susan Ray  at


The Franklin Gem Society SPRING GEM SHOW is scheduled for May 17th, 18th and 19th!  This event is one of 3 the Society hosts each year. The Spring Show will be held at the Carpenter Community Center, 1822 Georgia Rd. (4Hwy 441), and the fee is $3.00 pp, kids under 12 are free.

We need many volunteers to help: (1) greet visitors/sell entry tickets, (2) monitor each display room, (3) provide demonstrations of lapidary arts, and (4) assist with show set up and break down.  Interested volunteers can sign up at our meetings,  at the museum on any Saturday, or e-mail Susan Ray at 


        50th ANNIVERSARY! 

In May of 1974, the Gem and Mineral Museum opened in the town's old jail.  Locating the museum in this site allowed The Society to display their gem collection to the public while sharing the interesting history of the jail that served Franklin for over 100 years. The museum operates as a self-sustaining entity due to our gift shop sales and donations, as well as the generous support of our County Commissioners.  Admission to the museum is always free.

Today, thanks to our many donors, we proudly have displays of over 6,000 gems, minerals, and artifacts from all over the world!

We will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary throughout 2024, including the Spring Gem Show.  Stop in the show to see a review of our history.

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