Statesville, NC 28677, USA

I-40, Exit 148 (Hwy 90 West), Hiddenite, NC. Named for the gem found only in this area, this quaint township features Hiddenite Gems/Emerald Hollow (828-632-3394) where the largest emerald in North America weighing 1,686.3 karats was found. The Hiddenite Center/Historic Lucas Mansion (828-632-6966) is a three-story Victorian mansion housing various collections and art galleries as well as a toy and doll collection.

 

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