Saluda Gem Mine Wicks & Wares is celebrating it’s 3 year Anniversary and they are excited to announce their move to a new location. Thought it was fun when you visited last time? Now, not only do you get to mine for gems and visit their gift shop, but you also get to walk through Saluda’s very own Historic Caboose.
The gem mine has various sizes of buckets to choose from and sift through at the water on the covered deck. You can expect to find an assortment of gems and minerals both native to NC and those found in other states and even other countries.
Their gift shop still has an assortment of rough collector size gems and smaller pieces to add to your collection. You will find amazing soaps and non GMO soy candles that can also be used for lotion made by Melisa herself molded in eclectic gift-able containers such as tea cups, wine glasses, crocks, soup bowls and other things that can then be repurposed again and again.
They have work from local potters, a few pieces of wood art from a couple of local artisans, Wendy & Rick and Theron. While the shop has down sized over all, the shelves are still packed with lots of must haves including Himalayan Salt Lamps, jewelry, fossils, and even take home mining rough for the little rock hound that may not have been able to make it.
There is no charge to visit the Caboose and they invite all train enthusiasts to check it out! They have been told she’s a late 1920’s model and what a looker she is! The Caboose is one of the very few remaining in tact wooden constructed cabooses with the cupola still intact, as many were converted to have bay windows instead in the 1930’s.
Make a day of it, make a weekend of it, just make sure you make Saluda the place you eat, stay, visit, shop & play!