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By adamg on Thu, 12/01/2022 - 8:18pm
Anybody know of any rock shops or other places where somebody might be able to buy a sample of this local rock? A correspondent whose goddaughter is a geology major would love to get a sample for her as a Christmas present.
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I got you!
I'll email you with my address. She can come over to my yard and take as much as she wants. And hey, I also majored in geology!
I mean, I'm not endorsing
I mean, I'm not endorsing this, but if you can't find any stores, there's plenty in Franklin Park. Just bring a hammer and chisel.
Fitzgerald Park. It's lousy
Fitzgerald Park. It's lousy with the stuff.
Also known to locals as Puddingstone Park
it’s privately owned and maintained. Please don’t harvest the rock, even though it used to be a quarry.
These slabs came from my yard. I am surprised to see they're still listed as in stock, but it seems Gerald at American Stonecraft up in Lowell still has a few: https://www.americanstonecraft.com/?s=roxbury&post_type=product
They also have an outlet in the Boston Public Market near Haymarket.
One might just go to the drumlins of the Arboretum or Franklin Park (or several other locations) and get a piece. I won’t tell.
Even my back yard in Dorchester has some.
Is there a particular reason for puddingstone?
I think a bit of rock from this spot in Mattapan with a copy of the article attached might be a cool gift for a geology major too.
Don't know for sure
But I suspect it's because Roxbury puddingstone is particularly well known for its association with Boston.
aka "Roxbury Conglomerate"
It has its own Wikipedia page as a good place to start your puddingstone learning journey!
Unless there are any laws
Unless there are any laws preventing it I would just bust off a piece with a hammer
several building sites on Mission Hill (Terrace St, Parker St) have large "slag" piles -- I'm sure if you asked they would let you have some good chunks!
I'd also send along the Oliver Wendell Holmes poem that gave Roxbury Conglomerate it's fantastic nickname: http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/owh/pudding.html