• 66°

Gold Hill’s Vivian Hopkins to present program on the history of gold mining in NC

Vivian Pennington Hopkins is an author, historian and bluegrass musician

Vivian Hopkins

Vivian Hopkins

Submitted

ALBEMARLE — Did you know that Stanly County is near the center of what was considered the Gold Region of North Carolina?  Did you know that prior to the California “gold rush” a 17-pound gold rock was discovered by a 12-year old boy, Conrad Reed, on his family’s farm in Cabarrus County?  This accidental discovery was the beginning of a century of wealth, prosperity, heartbreak and deceit for many people in this part of North Carolina.

The program “If Picks and Shovels Could Talk”  will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Uwharrie Conference Center, 152 West Main St. in downtown Albemarle. 

This program, sponsored by The Stanly County Historical Society and the Stanly County Museum, will offer a look into the past and the role gold played in the history of our region.  Attendees will hear about the fame and fortunes of the most prominent North Carolina gold mines, their owners, investors and the people who worked in the mines.

Our speaker, Vivian Pennington Hopkins — author, historian, and bluegrass musician — is vice president of the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation Inc. at Gold Hill.  She is the chairman of the Foundation’s education and public relations department.  She is the author of “Gold Hill Ghosts and Other Legends,” “Your Guide to Gold Hill Mines Historic Park and the Gold Hill Rail Trail,” and is co-author of “Kimball’s Field Guide to Gold Hill: A Layman’s Tour Through Time.”

Hopkins is also editor of “The Gold Hill Miner,” a newsletter publication of the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation Inc. and is currently writing “Gold Hill, NC – A pictorial History of the Gold Hill Mining District.”

Hopkins is a member of the NC Literary and Historical Association and is also a speaker with the NC Humanities Council’s Road Scholars program.

Road Scholar speakers provide programs on a wide variety of topics throughout North Carolina.

Hopkin’s research on the history of gold focuses on, and continues the work of, Dr. Brent Glass’s doctoral research. Dr. Glass earned his doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1980.  Dr. Glass, director emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, has endorsed Hopkin’s work and the gold history program.

Vivian Pennington Hopkins is a native of Wilkes County.  In addition to historical research and writing, she is an accomplished visual artist and plays upright bass, fulfilling her love of bluegrass and the old-time music culture of the Southern Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains.

On Friday evenings from 7-9 p.m. you will find Hopkins at the E.H. Montgomery General Store in Gold Hill, ready for Friday Night Bluegrass & Old Time Music.

To register for this program, call the Stanly County Public Library 704-986-3755, or go online to historicstanly.org and select the Event Registration tab.  Be sure to click Submit to complete the online registration.

About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post

Comments

Coronavirus

County moves up to fourth in state for COVID-19 deaths

Crime

Photo: Truck wanted in connection with Reaper’s Realm shooting

Coronavirus

North Carolina moves to Phase 3, but COVID progress is ‘fragile’

BREAKING NEWS

Changes to expect when phase three starts Friday

Crime

Blotter: Concord man faces weapons, marijuana charges after traffic stop

Elections

Political sign stealing on the rise in Rowan as campaign season heats up

News

Chaotic first debate: Taunts overpower Trump, Biden visions

Elections

Debate takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

News

Appalachian State student dies following COVID complications

Local

Planning board OKs rezoning for 5-acre property on Mooresville Road

Business

Kannapolis seeking redevelopment proposals for site of old baseball stadium

Elections

Tell us your opinion about the first presidential debate

Education

Kannapolis elementary students will return to full, in-person classes Nov. 2

Coronavirus

10 deaths now reported at Liberty Commons nursing home

Education

Rowan-Salisbury School Board will provide money to help athletics restart

Crime

Blotter: Charlotte teen cited with marijuana possession during traffic stop

Local

Rowan-Salisbury Schools receives $26.3 million grant to accelerate renewal

Local

Child injured after running behind father’s truck

Crime

Police identify man who took them on high-speed chase, crashed into lumber truck

China Grove

Reaper’s Realm owners promise beefed-up security after weekend shooting

Business

Contractor expands local footprint, takes on county’s coronavirus projects

News

Home Improvement: Holiday gifts to spark home improvement ideas

Elections

Political Notebook: Local parties will host watch parties for presidential debate

Crime

China Grove man cited for driving through school field