The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Emerald Village

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Emerald Village

     Emerald Village mineEmerald Village features the North Carolina Mining Museum, a historic tour, gem-cutting shops with resident goldsmith, gem mining with stone identification, and gem cutters at work. In this famous historic mining area, over 45 different rocks, minerals and gems have been found including aquamarine, beryl, emerald, garnet and smoky quartz. The North Carolina Mining Museum is located underground in a real mine. Authentic mining equipment and displays bring to life the early days of North Carolina mining.

Website: Emerald Village
Location:
Little Switzerland, NC
Distance: 1-2 hours from Asheville
Address: 331 McKinney Mine Rd., Little Switzerland, NC 28749.
Telephone: 828-765-6463, 828-765-0000
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week, May through October. Museum is open April-November
Fees: Museum and Displays free. Underground Mine Tour: $6 adults, $5 students grades 1-12, preschoolers free, $5.50 seniors.
Allow: 2 hours
Nearby: Linville Caverns, Linville Gorge, North Carolina Mining Museum
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 East to Marion. Take NC 221 North to NC 226. Left on NC 226 and go 9 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Go south on parkway and get off at next exit, Little Switzerland, Milepost 334. Take right under parkway onto Chestnut Grove Rd. Turn left onto McKinney Mine Rd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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