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Old Cardinal Gem Mine, Franklin

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  • Good fun for the family. They salt the native buckets with worthless stones. Better dig your own buckets, otherwise they will be salted with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and more that are not native, ...  more »
  • My wife and I were looking for a place for authentic native gem mining near Franklin, NC. We read about this place on Google and wanted to come check it out, especially since one of the posts talked a...  more »
  • You will be doing yourself a disservice if you skip Old Cardinal Gem MIne! If you want frills and touristy glitz and glamour, maybe not for you- but if you want real locally dug authentic raw gems and...  more »
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  • My wife and I were looking for a place for authentic native gem mining near Franklin, NC. We read about this place on Google and wanted to come check it out, especially since one of the posts talked about Chickens and Cats all around. We got there and a nice kid by the name Isaiah greeted us. He was very helpful and knowledgeable about the gems. We had a great time and after we finished, Isaiah and his sister Morgan sorted the gems and showed us what we had. The family was so nice and friendly, we also found some neat gems.
  • First time ever mining gems with my dearly beloved and had an amazing time! Both Morgan and Isaiah, our young gem experts, were super knowledgable and helpful and we recommend this place 100% ✌️
  • We had tons of fun!!! This place has the sweetest most friendliest staff. 2 thumbs up!
  • Wow! What a great day! This is an authentic family run business- complete with chickens and kittens running around adding to the fun! We took our 2 children, 8 and 12, and spent hours panning, learning about different gems from Morgan & Isaiah, the resident young rock experts, and chatting with Darcell, the owner. I was amazed at all the gems we found in our buckets of "native" (locally dug) earth. Not a tourist trap- just one on one personal interaction and real unprocessed gems. We were lucky to be the only family there; the kids got along and played well, promising to be penpals within an hour. Morgan and Isaiah will also wrap a stone of your choice to make a necklace for a small additional fee. We will certainly return. Thanks so much for a wonderful day!
  • Was a bit nervous at the appearance of the place but was surprised! Good value, very friendly staff. Darcell was very welcoming to her guests and even separated and bagged all of our finds. A must stop on your mining adventures.