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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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English first
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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Franklin Square, New York
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

The best part of this place is the instructions you get for a first timer. Noah seemed disinterested in what he was doing and the roads up to it stink, one car wide. Saw on travel channel so we tried it. Got nothing in the native or rainbow buckets worth anything. Never again.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This was our second visit to the mine and once again we enjoyed our time there. Our younger child was able to find enough "gems" to keep his attention for a while. The staff interacted with him and helped keep him occupied after he lost interest. Our teenage daughters were able to "mine" at their own pace without feeling any... More

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Merritt Island, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We ended up here because other mines in the area were closed on Sunday. We had a 5,6,7, & 8 year old with us. The gentleman behind the counter started by telling my son, who was so excited he could hardly stand it, to settle down and not ask questions and wait for the rest of his party. Then half... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We took our in laws and my 2.5 year old daughter here, as a last resort really because all the others were closed on Sunday. I wish we had just turned around. The owner is rude, the prices are stupid, there is a guy who hovers over you while you sift and acts like you are too stupid to figure... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Wound up having to go to this place because all the other gem places were closed on Sunday. Workers were incredibly rude and it felt like they were trying to get us to leave as fast as they could. They kept telling us to move out of the shade and into the sun because other people were coming (no one... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

My family has been coming here for years! Although we have tried mining in other areas while on vacation this mine is a real mining experience for the entire family. With admission my husband and I chose two native (unsalted) buckets and out kids chose one native bucket and one rainbow or "enhanced" bucket. The kids found rubies in the... More

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Windber, Pennsylvania
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We went mining for the first time and my boyfriend and I both found rubies! I found a 9 carat and he found a 6 carat and a 7 carat, plus a few small ones. We definitely got dirty, but a little mud never hurt anyone! I would recommend knowing a little about what you're looking for before you get... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating with us. A wicked thunder storm stopped us right in the parking lot! !! We called from the car and we're advised to come back another day. ...... (5 hrs of driving is part of that so, we missed out and they did too!) Can't promise that I will make it there again, but... More

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