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

Please note that the old Mine telephone number has been disconnected and has been issue to a private individual.
Please do not call the old number. We will list the new number here when we get one.

The Morefield Gem Mine is an exciting place for the whole family. For more than 80 years the mine has produced many varieties of mineral specimens and is open to the public. You may view the exhibits, visit the gift shop, or mine you own gem stones. The Morefield offers something for both the amateur or advanced rock hunter alike. Check below for our schedule.
  • Exhibits & Gift Shop
  • Collecting From Mine Dumps (bring your own bucket or container)
  • Sluice Screening - screens and shovels available
  • Picnicing - Bring your own soda - No Machines
  • Restrooms

The Morefield Mine is a highly mineralized pegmatite dike having a length of 2,000 feet and a depth of 300 feet. It produces over 80 different minerals, with more new ones being discovered. The mine produces mica, feldspar, beryl, phenakite for a few popular ones. It produces minerals of the tantalum/columbite series too.

Customers love finding topaz and garnets especially. The children's favorite would be the purple amethyst. The microcrystals are popular with the collectors of micromounts, also.

The Morefield is world-famous for the Amazonite, and more can be found on the ground here, than anywhere in the U.S.A.

Morefield Mine was discovered in 1929, and has been mined by various owners. In the 1940's the U.S. Bureau of Mines was mining there, because of WWII.

Sam & Sharon Dunaway moved from Anchorage, Alaska to acquire the mine in 1996. They have started a new 60 foot level, and discovered a large vug with crystals in July 2006.

You may also visit the Morefield Mine collection and exhibit

at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

National Museum of Natural History

Announcement - You can view the Morefield Mine Testimony on the CBN 700 Club at the following link

View the Morefield Mine Testimony on CBN 700 Club

Statement for customers

The mine will be temporarily closed.
We will be closed at the mine this spring and summer (2014).
Check this fall for up-date.
We have a Forester working at the mine for logging and reforestation.
Trees have been falling down everywhere because of dying, so it would not be safe to be open this spring or summer.

The website will be maintained to keep Friends of the Morefield Mine informed and updated on future


Sam & Sharon Dunaway 2007
Highway Sign on Rt. 360 east Entrance Sign
Bus Parking Lot
Gift Shop and Museum
Sharon and Sam Dunaway Gift Shop
Mine train
Sluice Sluice box
Buckets of Amazonite Underground Entrance
Mine Rail Cars
Hoist Area
2 Girls having fun Boys Collecting
Betsy Martin - Researcher Mine Wall
Mine Track Mine Track
Sam and Sharon Dunaway Sharon and Sam Dunaway
Tool Shed Chris with Amazonite
Sam with bucket

Amelia & Morefield Mine Area Map

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