Emerald Village is a ?mining attraction? in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. It is quite a unique destination to go to, providing an excellent up-close view and experience of a historic mining site.
The Emerald Village is actually a series of historical mines that are found deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is home to 7 real mines that are designed to welcome visitors and curious history buffs. Included on the list are the Bon Ami Mine, the Gemstone Mine, and the Crabtree Emerald Mine among others. Visitors can also try golf panning and gem searching (where folks can keep whatever they find).
The Emerald Village is a rare gem in itself. It has been featured on the Travel Channel, so if you?re interested in something new to try out, this could be a great option.