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  

SPRING NOTICE: Updated February 22, 2017

The Morefield Mine will be closed for the Spring and Summer of 2017 to the public and schools. 

We are still exploring deeper and further away from the present workings to better understand the full size of the vein or dike. The amount of pegmatite to mine has increased over the 20 years of operation as we have better understood the deposit. 

Also, land adjacent to the Morefield Mine is being developed for a quarry site and there is much congestion due to heavy equipment moving in every direction including across the Morefield entrance.  This does not impact future operation and expansion of the Morefield Mine and the minesite remains unchanged as Friends of Morefield Mine remember.            

The website will be updated throughout the year to keep you informed on development, progress, schedules and any surprises.  We will post photos of the ongoing activities in the future.  

Thank you for your interest, dedication and being Friends of the Morefield Mine.  




Morefield Gem Mine
2015. All rights reserved.

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


Visitors to our site