Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, Franklin

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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.
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  • After arriving with a level of excitement like that of a child looking forward to finding buried treasure, the good and patient people at Mason’s Ruby & Sapphire Mine, elevated our sense of... 
    After arriving with a level of excitement like that of a child looking forward to finding buried treasure, the good and patient people at Mason’s Ruby & Sapphire Mine, elevated our sense of...  more »
  • It is a little drive outside town but not hard to find. The staff was very nice. I had a relaxing time digging and sifting for the gems that I found. 
    It is a little drive outside town but not hard to find. The staff was very nice. I had a relaxing time digging and sifting for the gems that I found.  more »
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  • Always a treasure to be found! Judy is so sweet and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Jessica and Chris (?) I think his name was, were great help!
  • This is my first time ever doing my own dig and then the black light find 🥰🙌. Let me first just say the hospitality that Jessica and Taylor showed was absolutely out of this world! These two ladies were spectacular and so professional but yet so educational making it so much fun for all of us. I will definitely make this my return each year mining excursion

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