Family Owned & Operated Since 2007
Our Mission is to teach basic Geology to the general public while supporting the Board of Education in all aspects of the field. Our Focus is the Historical Geological Formation of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the gemstones and minerals that can be found here as a result.
We Strive to make Geology Fun and Exciting!!!
We are a locally owned and operated family owned business established in 2007
Doc – Randy “Doc” McCoy is a retired Army Special Forces (Green Beret, 7th SFG), Emergency Field Surgeon. Doc retired from the Army in 2002 and after 9 years of medical school decided to go back to college for geology. He attended Appalachian State University where he double majored in Geology and Recreation Management. Doc has been cutting gemstones since he was 19 years old and loves to teach this dying art to anyone who is willing to learn but especially to his young son D’Artagnan.
Trina – Doc’s wife grew up at Ft. Bragg where Doc retired. Trina quit her full time job to help Doc pursue his dream. Trina is the back bone of Doc’s Rocks handling paperwork, ordering and jewelry as well as running her full time coffee shop.
D’Artagnan – Doc’s son was born in 2004 and started cutting gemstones at 2 years old . The first stone he cut was a topaz which is a stone that gives even the professionals’ trouble. D’Artagnan (or “Tanion” for short) is well educated in the field of geology and can perform any task required at the mine. If we are busy, don’t be surprised to see Tanion identifying gemstones for a family or working the flume or even cutting stones.
We are a very pet friendly business and actually have a few pets of our own here at the mine.
Phoebe – Our genuine rock hound pup, she is also known as ‘Trina’s shadow’.
Sapphire - Our youngest addition - a spunky little kitten with a love for EVERYTHING.
To educate the general public on the historical geology of the Appalachian Mountains, how they were formed and what can be found here.
We promise to give you the best educational experience that your money can buy.