Local History

  • The Emerald Hollow Gem Mine in Hiddenite is a favorite for rock hounds from throughout the nation.  Precious stones and gems such as emeralds, sapphires, garnets, smoky quartz, tourmaline, clear quartz, aquamarine, sillimanite, monazite and rutile may be found at the mine. Hiddenite Center is an educational and exhibition center for the area.
  • Linney’s Mill is one of the few fully operational and producing mills in existence in North Carolina. You can see the mill operate and make purchases from the Mill Store. Linney’s Mill has been producing corn meal with water-wheel powered grinding stones for about 67 years. W.L. Linney built a dam and installed the waterwheel on Rocky Creek in 1937.