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Historic Mason's Sapphire Mine was originally owned by the Mason family in 1942. It was operated as a commercial abrasive mine. The beautiful purplish pink sapphires were an added bonus! For years now The mine has been operated as a dig your own dirt sapphire mine. Mason's Sapphire Mine is one of only 3 mines in Macon county offering native sapphire dirt. Just last year a 129.5 carat sapphire was found by Mike Taylor from Indiana! On an average day customers find between 10 and 60 total carats. Adults $30, ages 6-11 $15, 5 and under mine for free! Groups of 10 or more $25 per person. Primitive camping is available for only $10 a night. RV sites with electrical hook ups $15 a night. All campsite prices include 2 adults, additional adults are $5 each. Children are free! Sorry but there is no water hookups or dumping station available at this time. Porta potties are on site and maintained daily. Cold drinks, snacks, ice cream, lunch items, t shirts, souvenirs, fire wood etc... available in mine store.Plan your visit to Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Franklin day trip site.
Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine reviews
Went here after spending a day at a similar mine nearby only because Mason's was one of the few places open on Sunday. Mason's was OK but was completely outclassed by the customer service and... more »
What a gyp! $74.73 for my wife and I to haul buckets of dirt to sift and find absolutely NOTHING! I felt like the owner was sitting back in the office laughing at the latest sucker's! Avoid this... more »
The staff were amazing! Helpful, friendly, and absolutely pleasant. The process was easy and they wouldn't let you accidentally dump a gem, checking your screen and offering tips. We will definitely come back when we visit again from Colorado.
We really enjoyed our trip here. This was fun for the whole family. The ride was beautiful and your website was so helpful! The staff is amazing, not only helping you but teaching you as well! We spent the day here and packed a picnic lunch. What more can you ask for, a day to play in the dirt and kids were worn out! Perfect!
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