Maceffie Gems & Land LLC, Franklin

4.2
Mine · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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4.4
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  • We have never been gem mining before, always wanted to do something like this. Everyone from the lady at the office to the people working with us at the water trough were super helpful. We found a.....  more »
  • Loved this adventure! The staff is super knowledgeable and a lot of fun! It’s pretty rustic but what do you expect for digging in dirt. We had an amazing time.  more »
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  • When our group of 8 arrived we were greeted by a woman and paperwork to fill out. The paperwork was a 'waiver', asking our names and our license number from our cars. After that the woman talked to us standing in the heat for 30 minutes, trying to educate us on mining although we had already told her we had mined before. Then she asked us if we all wanted to mine and it was $25 each. This was pretty pricey for 2 small unsalted buckets, but after all the paperwork and speech, we all said yes just so we could move on to mining. Once we sat down a man proceeded to explain to us how to mine for another 20 minutes. It was hot and no cover over us and the nats/bugs were biting us all badly. We finally began to mine. The man proceeded to talk and show us nice clean stones that we will find in our dirt. He also told us many, many times that he will look through our stuff after we check it because he wants us to go home with something. None of us found.....anything. Until he looked through our rocks and he would find one or two microscopic pieces of stone. When they gave us a empty pill bottle to collect our findings at the beginning, we should have known it was going to be slim pickings. So after spending $200 and hours in the sun, we left with nothing but feeling ripped off. My advice is don't go here if you want to have fun and get gems. These people need to re-think their business strategy because it's broken.
  • Totally lived up to our expectations. The folks were friendly and helpful and we all found a few gems in our buckets. A fun adventure for sure; I would recommend going early in the day (they close at 4 but last entry is 2) and buying the extra buckets for 5 dollars each. Also I'd recommend you let the helpful staff sort through your gravel after you clean it because unless you're an expert you will miss stuff. Make sure the kids don't throw away their gravel before hand too!
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