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Sheffield Mine

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Address: 385 Sheffield Farms Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-1516
Phone Number: 828-369-8383
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Sift through the dirt to find rubies or other minerals.

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Took my mom and dad here on their visit to Franklin. We all had a great time. It was a good place for a family outing , with people of all ages attending.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2016
Jeanine L
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Franklin, North Carolina
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Irmo, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a great day for grandparents & our 9 year old granddaughter. The price was right and the 2 gentlemen on duty were most helpful and funny. We took our lunch so we worked a while ate lunch and then went back to work. We found a lot of gems. I had a happy granddaughter & that makes happy... More 

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Greenville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing time gem mining here. It was $20/person, which gave us 3 buckets each. We each did 2 natives and 1 rainbow. The natives take longer because rubies aren't easy to spot in their natural form. The rainbow buckets include colorful gems from Brazil that are pretty easy to recognize, so don't take long at all. We... More 

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Thank brettsma02
Bridgeton, NJ, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This spot is a little off the beat and path. But what a pretty ride to get to our destination. It was our first experience mining. The staff were gracious and courteous. It was fairly crowded during our visit, and they could have used another pair of hands to help with the process. It can be dirty and wet. Recommend... More 

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Thank Dwayne Bev H
Franklin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We brought my Mother here in the 80's. She was blind but they showed her how to feel for the gems. She found an 52 carat ruby. It was one of her fondest memories

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Lewisburg, Kentucky, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I and our friends decided to try our hand at Ruby mining. Our friend found a 27 and a half carat Ruby in his first bucket and total the four of us found about a hundred carats worth. It was very educational and the man who helps you pan was very nice and extremely helpful because without... More 

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Thank Shelby B
Franklin, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Took my mom and dad here on their visit to Franklin. We all had a great time. It was a good place for a family outing , with people of all ages attending.

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Thank Jeanine L
United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Was there last week with myself my 2 kids and my nephew. I wanted to give my kids the experiences I had with my grandparents. I remember spending the day getting muddy and finding tiny little rubies, fond memories of spending the day with my grandparents. I couldn't remember exactly where we went as a child, but I did my... More 

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Thank stweedle
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Nice folks. 20 bucks for 3 good size buckets of natural material. They had a great guide named Richard that helped with the sifting of material. He helped to identify any valuable gems and he did a great job. He had a black light and a good eye and found a bunch of rubies that I would have missed. I... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Our family had a great time gem mining for the first time. Be prepared to get dirty! Prices were reasonable, with three buckets for $20. You can choose from native buckets which may contain rubies or rainbow buckets that can also contain other gems. Allow at least two hours for three buckets - arrive by 3 pm at the latest... More 

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Thank lasjwl
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Decided to check this place out with my parents and nephew. There were only 2 workers and it as extremely busy. They were turning away people because there wasn't enough room. Because of the number of people there and only the 2 employees - they weren't very friendly and curt in regards to questions. The buckets have dirt from the... More 

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