COWEE GIFT SHOP
You find 'Em, We cut 'Em, You wear 'Em! Check in at the gift shop for instructions. Full access for the handicapped to enjoy all the fun. We offer strictly native dirt at the dig pile, plus enriched buckets and all the best help, so you can start finding gems right away! In our Gift Shop we carry a wide variety of snacks and drinks to keep you going. We also have a wide range of rough specimens from all over the world as well as from our "back yard" which is literally our mountain where the mine site is located. Many different types of gold and silver mountings and jewelry already manufactured from our jewelry bench. So stop on by. We'll be happy to see you!
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All weather fun, gem mining for people of all ages. Handicap accessible. Sit in covered comfort and mine for your treasures. Featuring native & enriched gemstones. All equipment supplied and we offer friendly assistance for the inexperienced. Located in Macon County, NC in waterfall country 1/3 mile above the breathtaking Cullasaja Falls on Hwy. 28 & US 64 halfway between Franklin and Highlands, NC on one of the most scenic byways in the USA. Family Owned & Operated since 1977. Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful jewelry items for your selection, most made on-site by our family of professional craftsmen.
FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
This 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns. Performances include passion plays, musical productions, professional drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, recitals, and various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian, and more. The center nurtures the development, understanding, and appreciation of the arts throughout the community and the region.
Producing great finds in Macon County for over 20 years. We are located on Hwy. 441 North just outside of Franklin, North Carolina. Enjoy 150ft of covered flumes, so you can mine rain or shine. Mining instruction on premises, for your mining pleasure. Find anything from Ruby, Sapphire, Emeralds, Amethyst, Garnet, Topaz, Smokey and Rose Quartz and more. Native Buckets are available along with enriched buckets. We also carry International Buckets, with stones from all around the world. Group rates are available.
Sheffield Mine is one of the oldest Ruby Mines still in operation in the Cowee Valley. Once owned by Tiffany's, it has been available to the public for over 60 years! "There's still Rubies in them thar hills! " Honkers are found on a regular basis and smaller rubies and sapphires are immensely numerous! What makes this mine so special are its Star Rubies and Sapphires. This particular type of Ruby is only found right here in the hills of Cowee Valley and one other place ... Burma, India. A cut and polished Sheffield Ruby will often STAR and it is not only beautiful, but it's truly distinctive. Come by and visit!
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A visit to The Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center, Inc. is a stroll through the history and culture of Scotland. Dr. Gordon Teall, Baron of Huntly, and the founder of the Scottish Tartan Society, founded the museum in 1988. It started in the city of Highlands and moved to the heart of Franklin in 1994. This one-of-a kind museum is the only one in the U.S. We are located here because of the fact that there are more people of Celtic heritage in North Carolina than any where else in the nation.
IN THE HISTORIC 1850 JAIL
Located in the Old Jail, we have 8 rooms filled with gems and mineral from all over the world! In fact, we have one of the largest collections in the Southeast! And don't forget about our gift shop! Guests are always welcome at our meetings with programs having to do with gems, minerals, rock collecting or jewelry making.
13 acres of aquatic ponds are the home to many varieties of water lilies and lotuses that begin blooming in May and continue blooming into August. Perry's Water Gardens are said to be the largest commercial aquatic nursery in the US and are a must see for the photo opportunist. Water Lilies and Lotuses are also available for purchase. We welcome you to visit us in Cowee Valley, and welcome any questions you may have concerning water gardening.
AND FIBER SHOP
Raising alpacas in the green pastures, under a beautiful blue sky, on a sunny day in beautiful Western North Carolina is really an “affair of the heart”. Operated by Carol and George, whose backgrounds are in teaching and animal husbandry, Skyvue Ranch is a great place to bring the kids (of all ages) to learn about animals that have so much to offer our world. While visiting, check out our gift shop, feed the alpacas, and enjoy our beautiful North Carolina mountains. Call for reservations.
AMUSEMENT PARK & DINING
CRANK UP THE FUN! Great fun for the entire family! Located in scenic Franklin, North Carolina, The Factory is Western North Carolina's premier destination for great family fun and dining. Enjoy over 100 arcade games, the region's largest go cart track, laser tag, indoor mini golf, a kid's play area for smaller children and much more. Check out the Pizza Factory and the Dessert Factory while visiting.
Only “Dig Your Own” Native Sapphire Mine in Macon County. In operation since 1942, Mason's is one of the original native mines. Open 7 days weather permitting. Call for hours. Also, enriched buckets for those who lack the time or ability to do the full mining experience. Handicap accessible. Primitive Camping.
North Carolina's Largest Gem/Mineral & Jewelry Store! Gems, Minerals, Artifacts, Specimens. Ruby City Gems & Minerals has one of the largest collections of gems, mineral, Native American, and pre-Columbian collections in the world. Custom cutting/mounting. 14K/Sterling Jewelry: Lapidary/tumbler & mining equipment.
Macon County is located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina. Our purpose is to bring together people interested in history; to discover and collect any object or material that may help establish or illustrate the history of the area; to provide the preservation of historical objects and other materials; and to undertake the preservation of historic building, monuments, and markers. Plan a visit! Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-4, and Wednesday 10-1. Admission $5.00 donation.
Fun! Clean! Friendly! Affordable! Something for the whole family to enjoy!
Miniature Golf, RC Truck Track, Traxxis Dealer. Birthday parties (call for details), VR games, pool table, Ice Cream, snacks, drinks. Call for hours.
ARTS & HERITAGE CENTER
Built in 1943 on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the Cowee School served thousands of students until it was closed as a school in 2012. Efforts are now underway to preserve and reuse the historic school as a community and heritage center. Offers classes, Folk Festival, summer concert series, community theater, speakers, historical conferences and so much more!