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Old Pressley Sapphire Mine

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Address: 240 Pressley Mine Rd, Canton, NC 28716-8164
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+1 828-648-6320

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Fun and as good as expected

Treated very nicely. Just don't go expecting Disney world or the Star of India. This is a back in the woods place that mines rocks. Some are sapphires and some aren't. Fun for... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

This is a genuine mine to visit! No enhanced stones shipped in to fill this real deal. The owner, George, and his wife, Brenda, are the nicest people and full of information to help you out. My 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter were in heaven digging for stones and rinsing them off! We stayed for over 5 hours and found... More 

Thank Robin T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Had a great time found some good sapphires well worth the money and the memories well last a lifetime.

Thank Al J
Nashville. TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

so here's the deal-- this is an all day adventure. Wear your old clothes and boots, bring an ice chest, and a lunch.( and gloves)( and a towel) $25 pp and you actually walk to a site and dig--- you only bring down the larger rocks you think might be something to wash. The children loved it. The water is... More 

1 Thank SVtravelagent
Davis City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

We were allowed to dig unlimited buckets from the mine tailings pile for one admission fee. We enjoyed visiting with George (owner) and learning about the sapphire mining and the areas history. Flumes were shaded. Water water was clean. It was a fun day! This would be a good place to take young children or go as a family.

Thank nboswell
Crystal Lake, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

Read all of the other negative reviews (a majority of all reviews are either "terrible" or "poor" ) if you are considering going to the Old Pressley Sapphire Mine. IF you decide to go despite these warnings, DO NOT PAY for their "jeweler" to cut, polish, and mount your found "sapphires"; take your "treasures" home and polish them yourself in... More 

3 Thank PAW622
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

Treated very nicely. Just don't go expecting Disney world or the Star of India. This is a back in the woods place that mines rocks. Some are sapphires and some aren't. Fun for kids. We had two stones polished and they arrived just as described, although the delivery was slow.

Thank getgone
Daytona Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Drove out into the hills, bad roads and all. When we finally arrived, there was nobody around! What a waste of time!

1 Thank Bobbi B
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

I traveled to NC to camp out with a group of fellow rockhounds, with my sister and niece in tow. We followed a group to Old Pressley Mine to dig for sapphires. We had so much fun there with the group and with the owner, his wife and a family friend. I did not go thinking I was going to... More 

1 Thank Lenore C
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

So we received our cut stones and basically have been advised by three different jewelers that because of the way the stones were cut the value is next to nil. The oval/round cut performed has decreased he value. So we spent more money on the bucket lof material than all five stones are worth combined. So I am have to... More 

2 Thank pappanick252
Chino, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015

My sister and niece took a 3 week cross country vacation and one of the stops was to do mining. We had seen nothing but good reviews about this mine so we drove through the mud and rocks and made it to this cute little shack. We paid for a bucket of material, enjoyed our time and decided to have... More 

6 Thank Nikki M

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