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Summer Hours

Thursday 1 –6          Friday & Saturday 10 – 6       Sunday 11-4           RAIN OR SHINE – WE MINE!

024A visit to the Sapphire Sweet Shop and Gem Mine Village is a wonderful treat and gives visitors a look into some of the rich history of the North Carolina mountains. Far of the road the Gem Mine sits under a canopy of shade trees and alongside a rambling creek. This natural setting along with a few touches of our own lets our visitors enjoy the true mining experience in a setting which can only be described as serene.

We want everyone who visits us here at the Village to have a safe, happy place to spend some time by themselves or with their families. On your way back to the flume area you will pass by our picnic area. We invite you to bring your lunch or pickup a snack in the sweet shop. Since you are in North Carolina, why not try an ice cold Cheerwine with a double decker Moon Pie.

Our Sweet Shop will help you remember days gone by. We offer 005hand dipped chocolates, world class fudge and a wide assortment of mixes and retro candy. They may not be a penny anymore but the memories they bring back are priceless.

If you like to play in the dirt we have a primitive dig site out back which yields mica, garnet and quartz. It’s fun to dig up a bucket or two and run it through the sluice. Who knows what you will find (if anything) but hey, that’s the fun of it. This area sits back behind the mine and two dig sites have been dug out of the mountain and are heavily wooded. You may only be a few hundred feet off the road but you would think you were miles deep.

So thanks for visiting our site. We are just putting the finishing touches on our backyard amphitheater and it should be done this week. We are also currently seeking storytellers and musicians to perform in the back. Please check back to see how it’s coming.

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