Nashville, Indiana may be a grown-up shopping paradise, but you can find a bit of hands-on fun for all ages at Copperhead Creek Gem Mine!
Part of the Brown County Rock Shop (keep watch for info about that one), it’s a great place to let little ones let loose.
Copperhead Creek Gem Mine in Nashville, Indiana
After repeating “Don’t touch! Don’t touch! Don’t touch!” while venturing in and out of so many amazing Brown County shops, our boys were more than ready to be kids for a moment. Copperhead Creek Gem Mine was the perfect answer!
Located right downtown, it’s easy to find. Just look for the water tower and sluice and you’ve found it.
You can get a bag or bucket of gem-laden sand. Then? Get to work! Pour or scoop the sand into the sifting pans and see what you can find. As you can see from the image to the right, even younger members can not only get involved–but have a lot of fun, too!
Gem Mining in Indiana
Our boys were thrilled by the gems that they uncovered. There’s not itty bitty gems here–there are big chunks of Quartz, Amethyst, and (my favorite) even Fool’s Gold. There’s over sorts of different kinds that you may find in your bucket or bag!
Kid #1 was very thorough and carefully picked through each pan to make sure he found even the tiniest flake of a gem while Kid #2 was in it for the big chunks.
They went away with quite the full bags. It was awesome! Kid #1 couldn’t wait to go through and identify his loot.
Set aside a little family bonding time at Copperhead Creek Gem Mine. We oohed and aahed as much as the kids.
You can try your hand at panning for gems until the water freezes. There’s plenty of time to get to this small Indiana town and get panning!
Just don’t forget to tell ‘em that little Indiana sent you!
Copperhead Creek Gem Mining
79 N Van Buren Street
Nashville, Indiana 47448
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Special thanks to Brown County Rock Shop/Coppperhead Creek Gem Mine for providing a bucket of mining rough. My opinions remain mine and mine alone.
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