NC Mineral & Gem Festival


Our Mining History

We can't wait to share with you some of our fascinating mining history!

 “Ancients,” as the state’s earliest residents were called, were pulling mica out of the Spruce Pine area 2,000 years ago, using it as money and to decorate graves, Alex Glover of the Feldspar Corp., wrote. Around 1744, Cherokee Indians mining mica, emeralds, aquamarine, and quartz also excavated the related minerals feldspar and kaolin and used ox-drawn carts to pull them to the coast, where the English bought it for ceramic wares." (

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