The minerals found in the area have attracted interest since the first inhabitants came long ago. Indians have used local mica for ornamentation and gravesites for centuries. Early explorers are said to have come through here around 1540 looking for gold and silver. Legend suggests that the Spanish worked the Horse Stomp Mine.
Emerald mining began in Little Switzerland around 1895 at the Crabtree Emerald Mine. Today this abandoned mine still draws rock hounds from all over the world
Families and groups of all sizes love going Gem Mining in NC when visiting the NC Blue Ridge Mountains. Emerald Village is a fascinating group of gem and mining attractions located just 3 miles from the Switzerland Inn.
Come try your luck gem hunting. Then come stay with us at the Switzerland Inn or the Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge and grab a meal at the Chalet Restaurant.
Ride for a Vet is a motorcycle ride on Memorial Day weekend
Burnsville, North Carolina
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm.
The cost to register in this event is $20.00 per bike and $10.00 per extra rider. This includes dinner for each rider. All riders will ride as the first wave in the Memorial Day parade, and will then leave town for a scenic ride in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
All proceeds for this event will be donated to the Mount Mitchell Marine Corps League 1266 to assist veterans who are unable to assist themselves and must depend on others for help.
On Friday night May 24 2013, starting at 5:00 pm, the Burnsville Town Square will be the place to be! There will be live music the night before, refreshments, a raffle, door prizes, and 50/50. Come enjoy a free concert Rockin’ The Village Green with the bands Red Line and Mid Century Rockers while watching “Cruisin’ the way it used to be.”
If you need more information, go to Ride For A Vet.
Take a ride to support our vets and come stay with us at the Switzerland Inn or the Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge and grab a meal at the Chalet Restaurant.
Come and enjoy outdoor dining while overlooking a mountain panorama of rolling NC hills and valleys.
Take a ride and come stay with us at the Switzerland Inn or the Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge and grab a meal at the Chalet Restaurant.