The Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County, Inc. was the dream of one man, Larry Hauser. That dream first began in 1982. His purpose was to establish a place where children interior.JPG (15319 bytes) could go to see and learn about the Earth Sciences. The search for a site took 15 years. That dream became a reality when the museum had its “Grand Opening” on November 6, 1997.
Larry Hauser had investigated several sites in those 15 years as likely locations to house a museum where minerals, rocks, fossils, and other hobby-related items could be displayed. His search ended when the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society, was fortunate in leasing the building at 400 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina. Dr. George Jones, the Director of the Genealogical Society, had mentioned to Larry Hauser`s wife, Helen, about the building, and that a level was available. After some negotiations, an agreement was reached. The future home of the Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County, Inc. would be the lower level of the building. All this took place during the spring and summer of 1996.
400 North Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792-4901