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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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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I found a 47 carat ruby and lots of small native rubies and sapphires. Well worth the trip. I love this mine, even if it is a bit rustic.

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1 Thank Christopher W
Atascocita, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great mine to hunt for rubies and sapphires. The dirt comes straight out of the mountain side. There is something about sitting at a flume scrubbing rocks that is relaxing. Your chances of finding a Ruby are great at this mine. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Don't wear your good clothes here, because the dirt from... More 

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1 Thank 990chadw
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Too bad the previous reviewers' friends didn't tell him/her how to get help to get down to the mine. Sorry for your disappointment, you should give them a second chance. We always have a good time and we've been going to Sheffield for several years. The following I copied and pasted from the faq section from the sheffieldmine.com website: I'm... More 

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Thank Miners4
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped at the Sheffield Mine on the recommendation I'd some friends. It's probably a very nice place but I took one look at the very long staircase and decided my knees were not up to it. I'm sorry we missed out since it was recommended. If you've got good knees, stop by!

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1 Thank Bev829
Irmo, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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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Thank 319howg
Greenville, NC
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50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 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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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

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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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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1 Thank 749jillies
Lewisburg, Kentucky, United States
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29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 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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13 reviews
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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

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