Middleville, New York Attractions

Middleville, New York Attractions
If you're looking for small-town America, look no farther than Middleville, New York. At less than one square mile in size and a population of 550 residents (as of the 2000 census), quaint is the word for this village. Located just minutes from Adirondack Park, there is plenty to see and do near Middleville all year round. But if you're seeking out attractions in the heart of Middleville, there are a few that could leave a sparkling impression.

Herkimer Diamond Mines

Although you won't find underground shafts with rail carts here, and just about as much of a chance at finding a real diamond, you might dig up some "dream rocks." Given the nickname because of their supposed powerful energy flow when place in pillowcases, these multi-faceted quartz crystals have points at both ends, and Middleville is reportedly one of the few places in the world where you can find them. Geared more toward families with kids, Herkimer has a gift shop where you can find hammers and goggles to assist in your search.

Herkimer Diamond Mines
4601 State Route 28
Middleville, NY 13350
(315) 891-7355

Ace of Diamonds Mine

Located adjacent to Herkimer's Mines, this competing gravel pit sees more serious diggers who have a better chance of finding diamonds. For seven bucks, you can "stake a claim" and pound away at the hillside, which has been cut back from the roadside by thousands of visitors looking for treasure. It's dirty, back-breaking work, but at the end of your dig you can take home all the diamonds and any other rocks you may have found.

Ace of Diamonds Mine
Rt. 28
Middleville, NY 13406
(315) 891-3855

Annual Diamond Jubilee Gemfest

For three days in late summer, Middleville residents pull out all the stops for this annual ritual which, ironically, has nothing to do with gems. Live music, hayrides, art exhibits, fishing and fireworks are some of this attraction's highlights, which also includes a parade. There's also several book, rummage and bake sales, and plenty of good food. You can also check out the Person of the Year Award presentation and Middleville's very own talent show.

Annual Diamond Jubilee Gemfest
Centennial Park, Shaul Memorial Park & various other locations
Middleville, NY 13406
Info: Herkimer County Chamber
P.O. Box 129
28 W. Main St.
Mohawk, NY 13407
(315) 866-7820

Article Written By Denise Skwarcan

Denise Skwarcan is the managing editor of a national sports magazine and a freelance writer living in northern Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree, and has been published both in print and online. Her specialties include sports, animals and travel.

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