Gold Hill Founders' Day features rare map

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gold Hill Founder’s Day features rare map
GOLD HILL – The festivities at the 23rd annual Gold Hill Founder’s Day Celebration begin at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 22.
Today the town that once was the gold mining capital of North Carolina and the richest gold mining territory east of the Mississippi is just a small community- but one still making history. The 70-acre Gold Hill Mines Historic Park is home to the Barnhardt and Randolph Gold Mines, reputedly the richest and most famous mines from the 19th century gold mining era east of the Mississippi.
Visitors will be allowed to view an original, rare gold region map created by J. J. (Joe) Newman for the New Gold Hill Limited Mining Company in 1884. It will be on display at the Post Office Museum beside the Assay Office Museum in the park.
The day begins at 9 a.m. and the Founders’ Day Parade is at 10 a.m., followed by the entertainment at 11. Attendees are invited to bring their little ones dressed in period costume and enter them in the Little Miss & Mr. Gold Hill Contest. Kids 10 and under are eligible to enter in two age categories. Categories are 0-5 year -olds and 6-10-year olds. Registration deadline is 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, held at the Amphitheater Stage. The contest will be held at 11 a.m.
This year’s event include arts and crafts, antique and Heritage Living displays, Hit & Miss Engines and demonstrations depicting life from a bygone era. The 63rd NC Troops will offer a living history encampment on the grounds of the log barn and will host a Civil War skirmish at 5 p.m.
Entertainment schedule:
11 a.m. Little Miss and Mr Gold Hill
11:30 a.m. Windsong Recorder Ensemble
Noon Wayne and Gina Stewart
1 p.m. Gospel Plowboys
2 p.m. Montgomery & Co
3 p.m. TBA
4 p.m. MOsART
The event is free. Gold Hill Mines Historic Park is located approximately 14 miles south of Salisbury, at 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill, NC., just off US Highway 52.
For more information: 704-267-9439, 704-279-7897 or Facebook: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina