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76 Doug Cummings
douglas82483@yahoo.com
Location: Winchester, Va.

Tuesday 27 Sep 2011 12:23:49 EDT
I just want to thank Mom and Ray for a great time and for showing us the mine, very interesting.

Thank's Doug
75 Rick and Tina Delahay
tina@newhopetel.net
Location: Staunton, VA

Monday 19 Sep 2011 23:11:47 EDT
My husband and I drove here from Pigeon Forge where we were staying for our 14th anniversary. We wished we had stayed at the cabin so we could have mined for the entire 3 days! My husband found a ruby and rutile. Bob has them both now making a 4 carat ruby ring and earrings and a pendant from the rutile. Thank you so much for taking extra time to show us what we were looking for. I didn't want to leave! It was a great experience. I can't wait to return!! Thanks Ray and Mike for the extra homework :-) I am hooked!!!
74 Thomas Packer
dblspeedtom@yahoo.com
Location: Hampton, Virginia

Sunday 4 Sep 2011 23:08:45 EDT
When I last visited the mine I had a wonderfull time the owners/operators are the most personable and helpfull folks, lots of advice, tales of past finds and a lot of laughs. I "panned" out alot of semi-precious gems which I've run through the tumbler to finish them off, but my prize of the day was a 85 ct lavender sapphire!! I have pictures to prove it!!!! One of the best days I've ever had!!!
73 Mark Petzold
petzoldmark@yahoo.com
Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Monday 22 Aug 2011 23:48:14 EDT
Our family had a great time. I highly recommend going here.
72 Stan and Becky
williesone1fan@aol.com
Location: Georgia

Monday 22 Aug 2011 17:48:14 EDT
We have been going to Franklin to mine since 1971. We just spent 3 of the most pleasurable days at the Cherokee mine. This mine has always been our favorite. We would like to thank Maria and Ray for being such helpful and gracious host. They are both "gems". We found some really nice stones and left 11 (yes 11) for Bob to cut.

If you are planning on mining, you should go to the Cherokee Mine. Only native stones are found here. If all goes as planned, we will be returning before the end of this season. Thanks again Maria and Ray for re opening and maintaining the Cherokee.
71 Dr. John Secter
jsecter@fuse.net
Location: Ft. Thomas, KY

Friday 19 Aug 2011 19:58:24 EDT
We had an awesome time with Ray and his mom.They couldn't have been more patient and helpful. When my father-in-law found that massive ruby it was extra special!!It was well worth the drive past the other places!!!! Thanks Ray and mom. John and Lisa and family
70 Lori and Chris Schubert
Lschubertrn@aol.com
Location: Northern Virginia

Sunday 14 Aug 2011 19:48:32 EDT
8-| We just returned from our second trip to Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire mine. Once again, we had a wonderful time. Ray, Maria and the rest of their family continue to be the nicest people in the world. Thank you for spending extra time with us and showing us around. We found some lovely stones and a nice 17.8 carat sapphire. We also found rubies and lots of other smaller sapphires. We left several stones to be cut, with Bob at the Cowee Valley Lapidary.(He smiled!!!!) We highly recommend this mine. We won't go anywhere else. Wonderful findings and even more wonderful people!

We hope to visit again soon.
69 John & Becky
jcarter70@comcast.net
Location: Indianapolis Indiana

Friday 12 Aug 2011 18:50:52 EDT
6(^)6

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our couple-day visit recently. We picked this location based on comments here and it was worth it. Ray and his family truly are as you'll read here - very friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and willing to help ensure you don't miss a treasure by inspecting all you sift. We found several small sapphires, the largest weighing in at 12.9 carats, as well as moonstone, sillimanite, garnet, and some nice pieces of rutile, the largest at 49 carats. No rubies for us during our visit but we learned a lot and had a great time. A special hello to Mark and Tony as well, who we understand are regulars.



Regards,



John & Becky
68 Sandy Pierce
adamandsandypierce@nctv.com
Location: Seneca, SC

Monday 27 Jun 2011 00:20:35 EDT
:-D My husband and I, and one of our friends, had a great time when we were there a few weekends ago. We enjoyed talking with Ray and getting the tour of the operation. We can't wait to go back. We found some very cool pieces of pottery and several small gemstones. Ray and his family are wonderful people and I think their operation is the best in the area.
67 Melanie
melaniecampbell@rocketmail.com
Location: Toledo, Ohio

Saturday 25 Jun 2011 22:00:20 EDT
We had an awesome time gem mining! It was so relaxing and we found several good-sized gems. The staff was awesome, we really learned a lot! 6(^)6
66 maria
hikingangel@hotmail.com
Location: sweetwater, TN

Monday 30 May 2011 15:19:31 EDT
:-D Had a wonderful time at the mine this weekend. My friend and I found some garnets. The trip was very relaxing. This is my second trip this year and I plan on returning very soon. LOTS OF FUN!
65 M. Christine Webb
mcwebb40@yahoo.com
http://www.phytoenergetics.com
Location: Lothian, Maryland

Friday 22 Apr 2011 20:17:10 EDT
8-| In my healing practice I have most recently been drawn to crystals/minerals. Looking into gem mines brought me to Cherokee mine, especially the fact that it is not salted, all natural.After inviting my parents, sister and her boyfriend, my children and I all went on a most wounderous journey to N.C., with much laughter and excitement. The best place we visited was Cherokee Mine, the informational instruction, the help from Maria and her son, their patience while checking our finds made this the highlight of a totally amazing trip! Hope to return one day! Thank You.
64 Don and Carrie Phipps
carriecp85@aol.com
Location: Washington

Saturday 9 Apr 2011 21:43:29 EDT
Had an absolutely wonderful time!! There was the most wonderful lady there to help us (I didn't get her name) but she made our day :-) She spent a lot of time with us showing us what to look for. We found a small ruby that was big enough to have cut and also a larger stone with and "eye" in it that was called sillimanite that was big enough to have 2 stones cut from it. If we are ever in the area again we would definitely go back!
63 Karen Porciello
karen.porciello@atf.gov
Location: ATF Headquarters

Monday 8 Nov 2010 14:03:59 EST
Hey Ray! I have been wanting to come visit since you told me what you were doing after retiring but time has just slipped by! I was talking about your place with some friends the other day and they would really like to come down! I think we're going to plan a trip for next year in the Summer.
62 Mommathunder
thunder16@tds.net
Location: Tellico Plains, Tennessee

Sunday 10 Oct 2010 09:59:45 EDT
We visited on Oct. 8th and we had a blast! We had never been there before and had just a slight idea of what we was looking for. But, They WAS GREAT! They would re-check any screen of rocks we ask them to no problem. Marie would sit beside you and show you the best way to look and find GEMS. Yes,when I missed a good sized sapphire she pointed it out to me...lol There was also a hugh gem found by another visitor while we were there. Prices was great and dirt was not "already preview" all the buckets was the same price. This was a great day for us. Helpful hints Take a Pair of Dishwashing Gloves! This will keep you hands dry and not get sore from cleaning off the rocks.Sunscreen and Bug spray is also a plus hey the are outside after all. 6(^)6 6(^)6 6(^)6 6(^)6
61 Velma and Lacey Holder
vhlh1959@yahoo.com
Location: Charlotte NC

Monday 4 Oct 2010 10:02:44 EDT
:-D Marie, we had such a wonderfully peaceful day on Saturday Oct.2 and we wanted to thank

you for the best day ever. We come to your

mine for the quiet, calm place that it is. We

go away with such a serene feeling. You are

such a gracious lady and we appreciate you, your little helper and your kindness! And our finds will keep Lacey busy for the winter!! Thanks again!!
60 Andy and Erin Mize
andymize@msn.com
Location: Alabama

Sunday 3 Oct 2010 21:50:27 EDT
We had a great time at Cherokee Ruby Mine. Marie was so nice to us. She and Katherine were very helpful in identifying our finds. Thanks so much for a nice day outside.We would recommend this mine to anyone who wants a "native" mine experience.
59 Stewarts
junebugquilter@yahoo.com
Location: concord

Wednesday 8 Sep 2010 09:37:40 EDT
We picked this mine because it was not "salted". Ray was very patient in teaching me what to look for. I did find a ruby nice enough to have cut, which I am! The mine is a beautiful location. They have cabins for rent too. We will definitly be coming back and I will recommend this mining experience to all my friends.
58 Farris family
Location: DuPage Cty, IL.

Saturday 21 Aug 2010 17:36:28 EDT
Got rained out of the site today. It's probably hotter, but it's better to go on a sunny day. The rocks dry out and can be identified easier. Also, don't use the last instruction on Google Maps, just stay on Cowee until you find the place. You know it's legit when you see the owner sorting buckets for herself, when not helping others! :((
57 David Dunn
ddunn2020@gmail.com
Location: McDonald TN

Friday 20 Aug 2010 09:16:01 EDT
6(^)6 We were first time visitors and we had a BLAST !!!

You will not find better entertainment for the money. This is enjoyable for all ages. "Mom" Marie and Ray the owners were SO helpful and Friendly. My sister found a 72 Carat pink sapphire "WOW", she was so thrilled! We will definitely be back again many times, we're hooked! No "salted" stuff here it's all the real deal. They also rent out cabins, which we plan to try next trip. You must go to Cherokee mine, it will be a day or weekend well spent, and it's so inexpensive! Thanks you both Ray and Marie for the Wonderful time !!!!