Gathering of the Cornish Cousins coming here Nov. 3-5

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SALISBURY — The Cornish-American Heritage Society will hold the 18th Gathering of the Cornish Cousins in Salisbury and Gold Hill on Nov. 3-5.

Cornish-Americans from across the country will attend. Cornish miners and engineers played significant roles in the mining industry in Gold Hill and in the overall Salisbury-Rowan County community in the 1800s.

The Gathering of Cornish Cousins is held every two years.

On Nov. 3, the gathering will have trolley tours of Salisbury and trolley transportation to Reed Gold Mine in Cabarrus County.

On Nov. 4, the group will have lunch at Morgan Ridge Winery, where Steven Poteat will give a presentation on local mining history. That afternoon, a walking tour of the Gold Hill village and cemetery and a Cornish Cream Tea at Gold Hill United Methodist Church are planned.

The public is invited to attend several activities, including a 6 p.m. Nov. 3 dinner buffet at the F&M Trolley Barn in Salisbury. The dinner will include a program by Vivian Hopkins titled “Gold Hill Ghosts and Other Legends.”

The dinner will cost $30. To reserve a spot, call Kathryn Herman at 262-446-9406.

On the morning of Nov. 4, two workshops open to the public will be held at the Trolley Barn. Starting at 9 a.m., Hopkins will present “If Picks and Shovels Could Talk,” the story of Gold Hill’s mining community during its 19th-century heyday.

At 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4, Mark Connar of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and Damian Nance of Ohio State University will present “Cornish Pumps and the President Pump,” recounting some of the history of Cornish mining pumps.

The cost to attend the workshops is $20.

The evening of Nov. 4, the public again is invited to attend the gathering’s traditional pasty (meat pie) dinner at the Trolley Barn. The program will include music by the Catawba College Brass Ensemble.

The Saturday evening program and dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $30. Reservations can be made by calling Herman at 262-446-9406.

For more information, go to or to the Cornish-American Heritage Society website at

The Rowan County Visitors and Convention Bureau is assisting the Cornish-American Heritage Society with the gathering.