Morefield Gem Mine
Contact: Sam or Sharon Dunaway
Phone Home Office: (804) 561-0344
Phone Mine: (804) 561-4050
Teachers Only: (434) 294-3426
13400 Butlers Road - Amelia, Virginia 23002


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 our Season Schedule below for days and hours of operation
  • 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

2014 Fall Schedule

October 21, 2014 thru December 06, 2014

Saturdays open to the public beginning October 25, 2014

No reservation needed for Saturdays

Saturday hours = 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

We are always closed on Sundays to honor the Lord.

Tuesday thru Friday opened by reservation only for small groups and individuals

Mondays we occasionally are open for a large class group only

November 08, 2014 (a Saturday) is the 85th Birthday celebration of the Morefield Mine

It will be opened to the public and no reservations needed.

The hours will be 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

December 07, 2014 = First day closed for the winter

Schools and other groups with 50 or more coming, need to make a reservation.

Make reservations by calling Sharon at the numbers at the top of this page.



Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day and something to carry your rocks home with you.

A Ziploc bag works well.


Free Picnic Areas to use.


Age 3 and under are free.

Age 4 and thru Grade 6 = $8.00 each child

Grade 7 and thru High School = $10.00 each student

Adults & Teachers including seniors = $12.00

Forms of payment is: cash, checks or credit cards (Visa or Mastercard Only)

Admission fees include up to one five-gallon bucket of rocks per person.

So bring your own bucket or pail.

Wear sturdy footwear to the mine, if you are going to go into a area for digging, for safety.

(Flip-Flops or Sandals not allowed)

Youngsters age 3 and under are welcome to come along with others and are free.

All adults that come along are welcome too, but need to pay if they go into the digging areas.

If they stay in the waiting area instead, then they won't need to pay.

No pets allowed at the mine because of the liability to other customers.


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

Wimmer Family Joel Wimmer
Mucker Train Sam dumping new material

Amelia & Morefield Mine Area Map

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