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Gallery of Gems & Minerals

See our selection of gemstones and custom jewelry. We'

Franklin, NC Pioneer History

Patterson Realty Vacation Rentals

Fully furnished cottages & homes ready for a relaxing vacation in the mountains of Western North Carolina!

Franklin, NC Businesses

Watauga Creek Home Furnishings

Unique western, southwestern and cabin furniture/accessories. Visit our retail location 2.5 miles south of Franklin on U.S. Hwy. 441. (Minor upholstry)

Franklin, NC Businesses


Ruby Mine Hideaway

Secluded 2 bedroom/2 bath vacation home with a great view. Completely furnished featuring Fireplace in Master Bedroom, A/C, Dishwasher, Phone, Gas Heat. No smoking or pets please. References required. Located near Ruby Mines!

Franklin, NC Businesses

Things to do Pioneer History near Franklin, NC

Nantahala River Gem Mines

Nantahala River Gem Mine is located in the cool scenic mountains of Western North Carolina. WNC is well known as a gem capita...

Sheffield Mine

As seen on the Travel Channel! We're right in the heart of gem mining country, minutes from Franklin. Our mine is great fun f...

Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine

As seen on the "Learning Channel," hunt for amazing treasures. Gem mine rain or shine. Covered flume lines. Extensive emerald...

Rio Doce Gem Mine

Gem mining, gem cutting, gem cutting school, jewelry making....