Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park / Wedding Venues / Rental Info
Education/Tour Info/E.H. Montgomery General Store
Gold Hill Rail Trail/National Trails Day
Photo Album
Gold Hill Ghost
Gold Hill Village Shops / Down South Cafe & Catering
About Us/Contact Us
Driving Directions

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Welcome to the Official Website of Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina
Civic Organizations:

 The Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation, Inc.
Gold Hill Historic Preservation Society
Gold Hill Merchants Association
Gold Hill Lions Club

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Includes information for Gold Hill Mines Historic Park and the Historic Village of Gold Hill. NC

See Links below for nearby Hotel Accomodations

                                                   Original North Carolina Historic Highway Marker on US Hwy 52 at Gold Hill.
                                                   Click Here for the Link to North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program


Gold has been an important part of North Carolina's history since 1799, the date of the first authenticated discovery of gold in the United States. North Carolina was the nation's only gold producing state from 1803 until 1828, and continued as a leading producer until 1848 when gold was discovered in California.

By about the 1830's the leading mines in North Carolina were hard-rock mines rather than surface placer operations.  Output probably peaked in the early 1830's and then again in the late 1840's. The most famous mines in the south were at Gold Hill, where one shaft, (The Randolph) eventually reached a depth of 800 - 850 ft. Writer and illustrator, Porte Crayon, visited Gold Hill in 1857 for Harper's Magazine (Harper's Weekly) and created the best surviving images of antebellum Carolina mining.  The Federal Government built a branch mint at Charlotte which coined southern gold from 1838 until the start of the Civil War in 1861.

Information Credits:    North Carolina Office of Archives & History               Department of Cultural Resources


Following the Civil War an English mining company, The New Gold Hill Ltd. Mining Company based in London, purchased and operated the Gold Hill Mines until around 1900 when the mines were leased to Walter George Newman. Newman continued to operate the mines, but without much success until closing and disappearing with investors’ money around 1910.


                                                                    Some things to know when planning a visit:

Gold Hill Mines Historic Park & Gold Hill Rail Trail

        The park is open 7 days a week, during daylight hours. (Only exception being for reserved/rented areas. (Rental Info)

        Picnic tables are available first-come, first-serve. There are no grills provided.  Please be responsible, respect your surroundings and take all trash with you when you leave or dispose of it in containers provided.

Absolutely NO Metal Detectors, picks, shovels and/or other digging tools allowed on park property.  Please obey all posted park rules and respect other visitors.

We offer guided tours and history sessions Thurs., Fri., Sat. noon-2pm and at other times by appointment. Check in at the E.H. Montgomery General Store in the Village of Gold Hill.  Park maps, self-guided tour brochures, booklets and other information are also available at the E. H. Montgomery General Store.  Guided tours include historic sites and landmarks in the park and along the Gold Hill Rail Trail as well as guided tours of the shops in the restored mining town of Gold Hill. A history Power Point Presentation is also available at the (E.H. Montgomery) with prior notice and reservations.

Historic Village of Gold Hill

There are about a dozen shops in the historic village of Gold Hill, NC providing visitors a chance to experience shopping at a slower pace. Plan a day to come and bring your friends. We're a nostalgic change of pace!!
Visit the shops in the village Thurs-Sunday 11am-5pm  (with the exception being Fridays, when the E.H. Montgomery General Store is open 11am-9pm with live bluegrass music at 7pm.)
Some of the other shops also stay open late during the music. 
*Note: Not all shops are open Thurs-Sunday.. Check the individual shops days and hours on the Village Shops page.

        The Helms Lodge Ph.704-267-9439
Located right in the heart of the Village of Gold Hill. A new facility with accommodations for up to ten people.
Fully furnished four bedrooms, plus additional bunks, a nursery and two full baths.
Spacious dining area and kitchen.
        Click Here for Rates and Information

      Sacred Grove Retreat  Ph. 704-299-5124
Located just four miles from the Village of Gold Hill.
Click Here for Rates and Information

Nearby Accomodations in Salisbury, NC (Approx. 14 miles)

Courtyard by Marriott Salisbury
120 Marriott Circle, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone: 704-680-9201

Hampton Inn
1001 Klumac Rd, Salisbury, NC
Phone: 704-637-8000

Super 8 Salisbury, NC 28146
925 Bendix Drive, Salisbury, NC 28146

(704) 738-8888

Nearby Accomodations in Albemarle, NC (Approx. 12 miles)

Best Western Albemarle
2300 Hwy 52N, Albemarle, NC 28001
Phone: 704-985-1111

Nearby Accomodations in Mount Pleasant, NC (Approx. 10 miles)
Carolina Country Inn
8514 NC-49, Mt Pleasant, NC 28124
Phone:(704) 436-9616

Inn at Mount Pleasant
682 N Main St, Mt Pleasant, NC 28124
(704) 436-9386

Franklin Street Bed and Breakfast
8501 E Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, NC 28124
Phone:(704) 436-7378