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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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Address: 41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: (828) 349 2941
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Our grandsons (both 8 years old) had the greatest time. They thought they were going to be rich. So much fun and such great memories of watching them pan for rubies and emeralds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Sanford, Florida
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Sanford, Florida
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Our grandsons (both 8 years old) had the greatest time. They thought they were going to be rich. So much fun and such great memories of watching them pan for rubies and emeralds. We went back twice because they had such a good time.

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Cary, Illinois
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We were here back in summer 2014 and had a great time. The owners were very informative and helpful and we got lucky and found some rubies AND sapphires!

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Ocala, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Several years ago we visited a salted mine, which was better for young children with short attention spans or people who didnt really want to search for an authentic stone. My husband and I felt as if we had spent money at a classic tourist trap, rigged to make people happy. The Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine was a refreshing... More 

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Deatsville, Alabama
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My family of 4 was VERY disappointed when we showed up at 11:50 to find you all were closed for the day. The information that we reviewed on your website stated that you all take your last miners at 1400. When we were turned away, we were reminded that we should have been there 0830-1030. We left disappointed, drove down... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Due to the increasing demand at Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine, the only remaining 100% unsalted mine in Macon County, we are at times compelled to end admissions early when we reach maximum operating capacity. While we are sorry we could not accommodate your party, we are sure you would have been even more disappointed if we had taken your... More 

Quad Cities
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We had a large group (15 of us) on Friday, July 17. After our arrival I'm pretty sure they had to "close down" to additional miners! My family of 8 had never mined before (other than a few who had panned for gold) but my sister-in-law and her family had gone to the Sheffield mine the day before. We didn't... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! It is a very realistic description of that day - and the other gems you can't remember are: Sillimanite, Rutile, Kyanite, and Moonstone. Thank you again for coming early as well, especially with a large group. It does make a big difference! More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This was the third and last mine we ventured to on our week long vacation. We came here because reviews seemed really great. When we got there, we learned that there are new owners - so while the dirt may be the same, the experience isn't quite what we read about with older reviews. First, I'll start off by saying... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Hello, We are sorry that you found our approach unsatisfactory. However, with rare exceptions, such as yours, it has been well-received. First, EVERY orientation lecture at the sluice (Not the initial one at the office where you were welcomed) includes the following directions: "If at any time, you have any questions, concerns, observations, issues et cetera - PLEASE SPEAK UP!... More 

Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We went to the Cherokee ruby and saphire mine today and we got a lecture about what type of stones we would find. Very informative. However each mine helper had a different knowledge base and they would contradict each other as to what type of stones had value. My son found a large crystal garnet much like what is found... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Ramona: 1) A listing of the contradictions would be helpful, but you didn't specify what they are. We are not aware of any contradictions in our information of any substantive nature. Customers at the Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine receive three (3) lectures over the course of their visit, two of which identify the gems found at the mine, the... More 

minnesota
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130 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Like many of the mines in this area, it's hard to find. The GPS address doesn't work, but with a phone call we sorted that out. I had just three days in Franklin and visited five mines. This was one of my favorites and one of only three (according to a gem store downtown) that are actually native mines, not... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Once again, we apologize for the way the mapping companies refuse to update their databases. Modern technology is wonderful - when it works! TRIPADVISOR READERS: If you intend to visit the Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, PLEASE visit our website for specific instructions on how to find us by using GPS!!! It will save you a lot of "scenic" driving... More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My wife and I did a great deal of research to locate a place that didn't salt or enhance the raw material we sifted through. The staff was superb, patient, and very knowledgeable about the gems we were looking for. We didn't find too much, but the total experience was worth every dollar we spent. Don't go to the fake... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing us - and for being wonderful customers! The three of us work very hard to not only provide a genuine mining experience, but also to educate people about mining and gem hunting, so that when they leave, they are able to better find gems no matter where they go - not simply at the Cherokee Mine.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

It was a fun filled and an educational day for me and my wife working through the buckets of material in a hunt for those gems. Oh and there were gems; we left with a few of each type that could be found in the region and it seemed as though everyone else was doing the same. My quest was... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Lisa and I are glad you both had a productive mining experience, and your happy little dog is always invited to the mine to enjoy our pet-friendly atmosphere! Thank you for being both a responsible pet owner and a great customer! More 

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Address: 41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: (828) 349 2941
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Franklin

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