Traveling the Gold Hill Rail Trail

On this week's CTW...

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Sept. 2, 2013 — Take a car ride just a few minutes down the road and find yourself in the middle of the gold rush era in Gold Hill, NC. This old mining town was once known as the richest mining property east of the Mississippi. The first gold discovery at Gold Hill occurred in 1824 on the farm of Andrew Troutman and helped spawn the Carolina Gold Rush. 
 
Today, Gold Hill is home to a park, trails with historic stops to see, and a village of merchants for shopping.
 
Explorers will love to hike the Gold Hill Rail Trail, which tours the sites and landmarks of the Gold Hill Mines Historic Park. There are markers posted along the dirt and gravel path that share the history of mining in the state. Along the trail, you’ll follow old mining roads through forests and swamp land. You’ll see barns and rock walls, a ravine where the old railroad trestle once was and even a real shaft entrance.
 
The Gold Hill Rail Trail begins and ends at the village, which is home to shops featuring antiques, unique gifts, bakery, baskets, stained glass, jewelry, fine tea, quilts, vintage linens, crafts, metal art, pottery, local honey and more. Stop by the Information Station at the E.H. Montgomery General Store, built around 1840, for history brochures, self-guided trail maps for hiking or biking as well as souvenirs, gems and minerals.
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Gold Hill Mines Historic Park is open seven days a week during daylight hours. They offer guided tours and history sessions Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 2 p.m. Gold Hill village hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 11a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday nights are Bluegrass Nights in the village with live music from 7 until 9 p.m.
 
And mark your calendar for Gold Hill Founder’s Day on Saturday, Sept. 28. The family-friendly event is packed with music, parades, little Miss and Mr. Gold Hill Competition, Civil War Living History Encampment, heritage living exhibits, arts/crafts, gold panning, tours and hayrides.
 
For more information about Gold Hill and their Founder’s Day event on Saturday, Sept. 28, call 704-267-9439 or visit www.historicgoldhill.com.

Watch this week's episode of CTW for details on the following programs and eventsCTWIntimidators8-19-A.jpg
  • Buzz Word Spelling Bee to benefit the Cabarrus Literacy Council, Davis Theatre, Sept. 5

  • School Immunization Clinic, Cabarrus Health Alliance, Sept. 10

  • Cabarrus County Fair, Sept. 6-14, Cabarrus Arena

  • 2013 Farm Tour, 30 local farms, Sept. 14-15

  • Kite Day, Frank Liske Park, Sept. 7—Register by Sept. 5

  • Nature Walk, Camp Spencer Park, Sept. 7

  • Living room reading series, The Bad Seed, Old Courthouse Theatre, Sept. 8

  • The Gettysburg Campaign book discussion, Concord Library, Sept. 9

  • History of Old Mount Pleasant, Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum, Sept. 15

  • Regional artist grants, Deadline Sept. 19

  • Connect Our Future workshops, Pre-registration required, Sept. 24

  • Carolina Bridal Fair Fall Spectacular, Cabarrus Arena, Sept. 22

  • Union Street Live, Means Ave., Concord, Sept. 19

  • Soil and Water Conservation District 50th Anniversary