Old Cardinal Gem Mine, Franklin

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Mine · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • I would have given them a big ZERO if it was a raining option. This place is a scam, I paid $40 for a so called “NC gems’ bucket and only a small citrine was the product of it. They give you a small.....  more
    I would have given them a big ZERO if it was a raining option. This place is a scam, I paid $40 for a so called “NC gems’ bucket and only a small citrine was the product of it. They give you a small.....  more »
  • My family and I spend time every summer in Franklin, as extended family lives in the area. We visit Rose Creek Mine each year for gem mining. This year, however, Rose Creek was closed for restocking....  more
    My family and I spend time every summer in Franklin, as extended family lives in the area. We visit Rose Creek Mine each year for gem mining. This year, however, Rose Creek was closed for restocking....  more »
  • It is definitely a small local mine, but absolutely loved it. The two young siblings who helped us, Morgan and Isaiah were both extremely friendly and just as knowledgeable . We found a plethora of... 
    It is definitely a small local mine, but absolutely loved it. The two young siblings who helped us, Morgan and Isaiah were both extremely friendly and just as knowledgeable . We found a plethora of...  more »
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  • My mom, sister, and I had a great time here! We found some beautiful gems and it was made even better by our host Isaiah. We had a great time with the trivia and we plan to come back again!
  • My husband and I tried to go to a couple of “dig your own” mines that ended up being closed and found ourselves at Old Cardinal...I am SO happy we did. It is a family run place at what I believe is their home and they get the dirt from an old mine on their property so it is unsalted. We had a great time and the brother and sister team working were AWESOME and informative. It wasn’t busy and touristy, it felt like a more authentic experience than the roadside places. Do yourself a favor and go here!
  • Had a great time at the Old Cardinal Gem Mine. I arrived in the morning and had the place to myself besides another couple that arrive after me. Isaiah and Darcel were friendly and helpful. The experience was relaxing and enjoyable. I purchased a $40 native bucket and found rubies, garnets, sapphires, emeralds, quartz, moonstone and aquamarine in addition to other rocks. They will help you identify your rocks and sort them for you.
  • Pretty interesting little place. It is a shack in the woods, up a dirt road, but don't let that scare you away. Had blast sifting thru my bucket of dirt and bought another to take home to my nephew. A good way to spend some time and enjoyed the adventure and the weather!
  • Morgan and Isaiah are THE BEST! They have so much knowledge and will help guide you through your mining experience. I loved how there were buckets from their actual above ground mine to go through!! Morgan made me a necklace with my amethyst find ❤️

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