Admiring amazonite underground


The Morefield Gem Mine is a unique experience for children and adults alike. The mine is a great introduction to minerals and mineral collecting at a real mine.  

The Morefield Mine is one of the few operating mines in the United States where collecting is allowed on a regular basis.  The mine is a great introduction for anyone, any age, who wants to find rocks, minerals, and gems and learn to identify them.  No less that 10 minerals species can be found on any day and with experience, time, and depending on what is being mined underground, more of the almost 80 mineral species occurring in the Morefield pegmatite can be found.

The mine is a world class amazonite location and is referenced in many books on rock and minerals.

The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History has full-size diorama of the Morefield Gem Mine and it is constructed of minerals taken from the mine.  If you are in the D.C. area, it and the mineral hall are certainly worth a visit.           

  • Exhibits & Gift Shop

  • Collecting From Mine Dumps
    (Bring you own bucket or container)

  • Sluice Screening – screens and some shovels available

  • Picnicking – Bring your own drink
    (no alcohol allowed)

  • Restrooms  

FALL 2016 NOTICE: Updated October 6, 2016

The Morefield Mine will be closed for the Fall to the public and all schools. However, we will be doing shaft repairs, cleanup, and exploration on the 100 foot level.  This will prepare this level to become the main mining level in the future.

The website will be updated from time to time to keep you informed on development, progress, and schedules.   

Thank you for your interest and dedication to the Morefield mine.  




Morefield Gem Mine
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Contact: Sam or Sharon Dunaway
Address: 13400 Butlers Road - Amelia, Virginia 23002


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