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Sheffield Mine

385 Sheffield Farms Rd, Franklin, NC 28734
828-369-8383
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Ranked #10 of 15 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines
Activities: Prospecting
Description: Sift through the dirt to find rubies or other minerals.
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Haines City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We love going to Sheffield mine. The staff is very helpful friendly and experienced. They make the ruby hunting process fun. We've been going there every year for the past 7 years and love it. Bud/Judy Florida.

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Milner, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

The overall experience at Sheffield was a good one. However, what a surprise to find out upon arrival that they did not accept debit or credit cards. A sign directed visitors back to the ATM at the gas station back on the main road. They did take a check, though. Good thing I happened to have my checkbook with me.... More

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Bryson City, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Took family who was visiting from out of state. This is authentic and a great value if you really want to find a ruby. We founds some pretty decent ones. It was fun and relaxing. The host was nice and fun. It was worth our time and the travel. You can go closer but most are too commercial and kinda... More

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Sebastian, Florida
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157 attraction reviews
325 helpful votes 325 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I've been gem mining in the area several times. I don't know when I've had a more pleasant experience than I had at Sheffield Mine. The two gentlemen at the mine explained the entire procedure to my husband as it was his first time. The man who helped verify the gems was as nice as he could be. He was... More

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Lemont, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

they are not honest about showing the 1/8" long size gems you will get..They show you rubies encrusted in big rocks...sorry nobody there that day found anything bigger than 30c size while we were there...and I am not sure if they used natural buckets or "salted" with stones not from the site.

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Kokomo, Indiana
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was a lone way from the Travel Channel. Seriously, the guy running the show at this mine really wants you to find stuff. Even if it kills you both. The native ore at this mine has a lot of matrix and clay on it. You have to SCRUB HARD several times to break it free to see what you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The staff is hilarious! And they made our experience all the better. We were greeted by a very informational course to begin our gem mining experience. The staff was on hand in store and at the flume to assist us with using the screens and identifying stones as well as constant humor. I loved it! This is a great place... More

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Concord, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were really excited to go here as we'd heard such glowing remarks....but it was an average experience. It was definitely the most crowded of any of the mines we visited, and had a lot of staff helping on the sluiceway to identify gems (or rocks) but we didn't enjoy the experience as much as some of the other smaller... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

there is nothing to dislike about ths mine, native buckets and salted buckets, well worth the money and some great gems to find, and staff great help for new comers , and pros ... probably the best mine we went too ... and will be back ... found a 16k ruby so was well stoked ..

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Fort White, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We have visited this mine several times in the past years. The people are always helpful and nice. They checked thru our washed stones as we cleaned the mud off the stones. I found a 20 caret ruby in a matrix that the person in the office guessed would clean up to about 12 carets. An other person on site... More

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