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Old Cardinal Gem Mine, Franklin
(4.9/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
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  • My husband and I have visited Franklin a number of times and have gone to a number of the mines. We always come back to Old Cardinal! Darcel, Morgan, Isiaha and Charles are a true blessing! I have lim...  more »
  • I wish I could remember the ladies name who owns this place, because she was great! The whole experience was fun. Our seven year old and two year old had so much fun finding an assortment of beautiful...  more »
  • Very friendly lady that has her grandkids help run it. Very down to earth and helpful. The kids are awesome and very educated on the gems. 
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  • 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.
  • This place was so wonderful they were so helpful and so friendly. This is a great family run business, Morgan and Isiah were very helpful by showing us what we had and bagging and labeling everything for us. It was the best mining experience! I highly recommend this place to everyone!
  • Very friendly atmosphere! The kids Isaiah and Morgan were very knowledgeable and helpful. They also bagged up all of our gems, told us what we collected and label the bags for us. They even help to celebrate my seven-year-old's birthday! Highly recommend for anyone in the area.
  • This place was great. Everyone was very warm and helpful. A great family run business. Highly recommend.
  • Best gem mine in the area. Lots of trees and a cover sluice help keep you cool and dry! Owner is superb with children! 7th trip in 4 years coming up!!